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KENTUCKY    SUPERSTITIONS 


KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 


BY 

DANIEL  LINDSEY  THOMAS,  Ph.D. 

LATE  PROFESSOR  OP  ENGLISH  AT  CENTRE  COLLEGE, 
AND  FOUNDER  AND  PRESIDENT  OF  THE  KENTUCKY 
BRANCH  OF  THE  AMERICAN  FOLK-LORE  SOCIETY. 


AND 

LUCY  BLAYNEY  THOMAS,  M.A. 

TEACHER  OF  ENGLISH  AT  WARD-BE LMONT  SCHOOL,  NASHVILLE,  TENNESSEE. 


PRINCETON  UNIVERSITY  PRESS 

PRINCETON   N.  J. 

LONDON:    HUMPHREY  MILFORD 

OXFORD  UNIVERSITY  PRESS 

1920 


Copyright,  1920,  by 
PRINCETON  UNIVERSITY  PRESS 

Published,  1920 
Printed  in  the  United  States  of  America 


PREFACE 

To  bring  together  odd  beliefs  for  the  possible  amuse- 
ment of  the  curious  is  not  the  object  of  a  research  in  the 
field  of  folk  superstitions  such  as  we  have  attempted.  The 
end  sought  is  not  humor  or  satire;  our  hope  is  rather  that 
such  value  as  is  present  will  be  serious.  The  study  of  su- 
perstitious survi\als  throws  light  on  what  the  working  of 
the  human  mind  was  in  the  early  stages  of  its  evolution. 
Eccentric  and  illogical  beliefs  of  today  were  accepted 
principles  of  life  centuries  ago.  A  collection  of  supersti- 
tions, in  so  far  as  it  has  scholarly  value,  is  a  partial  record 
of  what  men  have  thought  and  believed.  It  is,  therefore, 
our  hope  that  this  collection  may  be  in  a  real,  though  per- 
haps small,  sense,  a  contribution  both  to  history  and  to 
psychology.  In  Kentucky  and  elsewhere,  the  folk  super- 
stitions are  gradually  passing  away;  many  of  them  are 
already  irrecoverably  lost.  For  purposes  of  permanent 
record,  it  would  seem  worth  while  to  preserve  m  print  all 
that  can  be  saved  from  loss. 

In  the  collection  of  the  materials  for  this  volume,  we 
have  received  assistance  from  many  people.  For  example, 
teachers  and  students  of  eight  or  ten  colleges  and  sixty  or 
seventy  high  schools,  grade  schools,  and  district  schools 
have  made  contributions,  small  or  great.  Many  other  men 
and  women,  white  and  colored,  in  the  mountains  and  in 
the  lowlands  of  the  State,  have  sent  us  items.  It  is  im- 
possible to  mention  all  to  whom  we  wish  to  offer  our  grate- 
ful acknowledgments.  Those  who  have  sent  us  the  largest 


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number  of  usable  folk  superstitions  are  Miss  Louise  Kelly, 
of  Lebanon,  Reverend  and  Mrs.  Lucien  Waggener  and 
Mr.  C.  M.  Fackler,  of  Danville,  Mr.  Josiah  H.  Combs, 
of  Hindman,  Rev.  G.  S.  Watson,  of  Booneville,  Miss 
Stella  Nolan,  of  Harlan  County,  Mr.  Joseph  Hart,  of 
Buckhorn,  Professors  L.  L.  Dantzler,  of  the  University 
of  Kentucky,  B.  N.  Daniel,  of  Georgetown  College,  C.  C. 
Freeman,  of  Transylvania  College,  John  F.  Smith,  of 
Berea  College,  Thos.  A.  Hendricks,  of  Hamilton  College 
for  Women,  Miss  Mary  Shaw,  of  Kentucky  College  for 
Women,  Miss  Ada  G.  Croft,  of  Cumberland  College, 
Miss  Mattye  Reid,  of  the  Western  Kentucky  Normal 
School,  Dean  Kirke  Smith,  of  Lincoln  Institute  (colored) , 
and  Professors  W.  O.  Hopper,  of  the  Mt.  Sterling  High 
School,  M.  E.  Ligon,  of  the  Lexington  High  School,  G. 
W.  Colvin,  of  the  Springfield  High  School,  J.  T.  Norris, 
of  the  Augusta  High  School,  J.  H.  Addams,  of  the 
Franklin  High  School,  J.  W.  Welch,  of  the  Henderson 
High  School,  J.  H.  Risley,  of  the  Owensboro  High 
School,  and  J.  S.  Cotter,  of  the  Coleridge  Taylor  School 
(colored),  of  Louisville.  We  wish  to  express  our  very 
great  gratitude  to  Professor  George  Lyman  Kittredge 
for  advice  and  encouragement  in  the  production  of  this 
collection. 


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CONTENTS 

Introduction. 

1.  Birth  and  Child  Life. 

2.  Family  Relations. 

3.  Lost  Articles. 

4.  Wishes. 

5.  Divinations. 

6.  Marriage. 

7.  Death  and  Burial. 

8.  The  Human  Body. 

9.  Saliva. 

10.  Sneezes. 

11.  Cures  and  Preventives. 

12.  Fire. 

13.  Household  and  Domestic  Life. 

14.  Dreams. 

15.  Dress. 

16.  Shadows,  Portraits,  and  Reflections. 

17.  Moon  and  Signs  of  the  Zodiac. 

18.  Weather. 

19.  Days  and  Seasons. 

20.  Crops,  Vegetables,  Fruits,  Trees. 


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21.  Money. 

22.  Walking  Forth,  Travel. 

23.  Letters. 

24.  Mines. 

25.  Color. 

26.  Numbers. 

27.  Sports. 

28.  Luck  at  Cards. 

29.  Animals,  Birds,  Insects,  and  Reptiles. 

30.  Witches. 

31.  Hoodoos. 

32.  Haunted  Houses,  Ghosts,  Evil  Spirits. 

33.  Miscellaneous. 


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INTRODUCTION 

Superstitious  beliefs  are  more  persistent  and  more  wide- 
spread than  most  people  would  suspect.  We  have  all 
been  fully  aware  that  they  swayed  the  minds  of  people  in 
earlier  centuries.  We  know,  also,  that  they  are  sprinkled 
through  our  earlier  literature ;  for  example,  the  folk  super- 
stitions of  Shakespeare  fill  a  volume  of  generous  size,1  and 
instances  are  no  less  common  in  the  writings  of  his  con- 
temporaries and  are  perhaps  even  more  common  in  the 
works  of  Chaucer.  Their  potent  presence,  however,  in 
the  minds  of  people  of  our  own  time  may  reasonably  cause 
surprise.  In  1907,2  Mr.  Fletcher  B.  Dresslar,  of  the  Uni- 
versity of  California,  asked  almost  nine  hundred  normal- 
school  students  of  the  University  to  write  down  supersti- 
tions that  they  knew  and  to  indicate  frankly  their  belief 
or  disbelief  in  them.  As  a  result,  7,176  slips  were  handed 
in,  each  containing  a  superstition.  Of  these,  3,951  were 
accompanied  with  expressions  of  disbelief,  2,132  of  partial 
belief,  and  1,093  of  full  belief.  Thus  44.9  per  cent  of  the 
superstitions  that  were  noted  were  shown  to  command 
complete  or  partial  credence.  The  ones  mentioned  by  the 
largest  number  of  those  engaged  in  the  research  were  the 
superstitions  associated  with  Friday,  the  number  thirteen, 
the  dropping  of  a  knife,  a  fork,  or  a  spoon,  the  picking  up 
of  a  pin,  the  first  sight  of  the  new  moon,  the  breaking  of  a 

iT.  F.  Thistleton-Dyer:  "Folk-lore  of  Shakespeare."  London,  1884.  8vo. 
515  pages. 

2  Quoted  by  H.  Addington  Bruce  in  an  article  entitled  "Our  Superstitions," 
in  The  Outlook,  1911,  vol.  98,  pp.  999-1006. 


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mirror,  the  presenting  of  a  knife  to  a  friend,  the  potency 
of  the  horseshoe,  the  burning  of  the  ear,  the  passing  of  two 
companions  on  the  opposite  sides  of  a  post,  the  howl  of  a 
dog,  the  presence  of  a  bird  in  the  house,  the  opening  of  an 
umbrella  in  the  house,  and  the  turning  back  after  one  has 
started  anywhere.  -  Mr.  Bruce,  from  whose  article  the  re- 
sults just  quoted  were  taken,  gives  also  the  results  of  a 
canvass  of  believers  in  superstition  among  the  professors, 
instructors,  and  assistants  of  Harvard  University.  This 
investigation  showed  that  only  26.6  per  cent  of  the  Har- 
vard teachers  questioned  could  say  that  they  believed  that 
they  were  entirely  free  from  superstition.  A  large  num- 
ber of  the  73.4  per  cent  who  confessed  belief  denied  at  first 
that  they  were  in  any  degree  superstitious,  but  under  close 
questioning,  they  showed  that  they  were  not  entirely  in- 
nocent. Professor  Edwin  M.  Fogel,  whose  volume  of 
superstitions3  contains  the  largest  collection  hitherto  pub- 
lished in  America,  has  listed  2,083  separate  superstitions 
that  are  current  among  Pennsylvania  Germans.  The 
authors  of  the  present  volume  have  found  almost  4,000 
superstitions  in  Kentucky.  As  Pennsylvania  Germans 
and  Kentuckians  are  in  general  probably  much  more  con- 
servative than  the  average  of  Americans,  inherited  beliefs 
doubtless  persist  with  exceptional  strength  among  them; 
yet  superstitions,  it  may  safely  be  said,  have  disappeared 
entirely  from  no  community  in  our  country. 

The  origin  of  all  superstition  may  probably  be  traced 
to  the  desire  of  mankind  to  propitiate  fate,  to  avert  evil, 
to  dispel  the  mystery  of  life  and  of  the  universe. 
Primitive  man,  in  his  fear  of  evils  that  he  did  not  Under- 
pin Millf-r  !'<}.'(!:    "Beliefs  an  -'turns  of  the  Pennsylvania  (J«T- 
s"  1915. 


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stand,  sought  to  avoid  disaster  by  any  means  that  he  could 
find.  In  his  ignorance  of  logic,  he  often  accepted  a  co- 
incidence as  a  cause.  Francis  Bacon  well  says  :4 

"That  hath  given  them  [coincidences]  grace,  and  some 
credit,  consisteth  in  three  things.  First,  that  men  mark 
when  they  hit,  and  never  when  they  miss ;  as  they  do,  gen- 
erally, also  of  dreams.  The  second  is,  that  probable  con- 
jectures, or  obscure  traditions,  many  times  turn  themselves 
into  prophecies;  while  the  nature  of  man,  which  coveteth 
divination,  thinks  it  no  peril  to  foretell  that  which  indeed 
they  do  but  collect. — The  third  and  last  (which  is  the  great 
one),  is,  that  almost  all  of  them,  being  infinite  in  number, 
have  been  impostures,  and,  by  idle  and  crafty  brains, 
merely  contrived  and  figured,  after  the  event  past." 

The  reasons  for  the  survival  of  superstition  from  a  more 
primitive  age  into  our  own  are  that  people  are  slow  to 
surrender  beliefs  that  they  have  inherited,  that  many  of 
them  are  still  ignorant  and  timorous,  and  that  in  spite  of 
the  explanations  of  both  science  and  religion  they  con- 
tinue to  find  life  and  the  universe  largely  inexplicable. 

Search  for  the  origins  of  individual  superstitions  has 
enlisted  the  energies  of  many  folk-lore  scholars.  Their 
researches  have  led  them  to  trace  various  folk  practices  to 
starting-points  in  the  Bible  (often  misinterpreted  and 
modified  by  tradition),  in  pagan  mythology,  in  plant  and 
animal  worship,  and  in  sun  or  moon  worship,  and  to  other 
sources.  In  as  much,  however,  as  the  beginnings  of  folk- 
lore lie  in  nearly  all  instances  far  back  in  the  most  primi- 
tive periods  of  the  human  race,  conjecture  is  often  the 
only  means  of  seeking  them.  The  results  of  research  have 
therefore  been  marred  by  uncertainty  and  guess-work^ 

*  Francis  Bacon:     "Of  Prophecies,"  1625. 


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and  scholars  have  frequently  not  arrived  at  agreement. 
For  these  reasons,  it  has  seemed  best  in  connection  with 
this  folk-lore  collection,  to  refrain  from  an  attempt  to 
record  the  genesis  of  the  various  separate  items.  Readers 
who  are  interested  will  find  in  the  bibliographical  list  at 
the  close  of  the  introduction  the  names  of  several  works  in 
which  the  attempt  is  made  to  trace  superstitious  survivals 
to  their  sources. 

In  consideration  of  the  distribution  of  folk-lore  in  Ken- 
tucky, it  may  as  well  be  remembered  that  there  are  three 
somewhat  different  classes  of  people  within  the  State:  the 
mountain  whites,  originally  from  Virginia  and  the  Caro- 
linas;  the  lowland  whites,  originally  from  Virginia,  the 
Carolinas,  Pennsylvania,  and  Maryland;  and  the  lowland 
negroes.  The  first  and  the  third  of  these  classes  have 
been  less  influenced  either  by  immigration  or  by  education 
than  the  second;  even  the  lowland  whites  have  been  less 
affected  by  the  coming  in  of  people  from  outside  the  State 
than  have  the  inhabitants  of  most  parts  of  our  country. 
Most  Kentucky  superstitions  are  common  to  all  three 
classes  of  the  people,  because  the  negroes  originally  ob- 
tained most  of  their  superstitions  from  the  whites,  and  be- 
cause the  superstitions  of  Kentucky  are  in  almost  all  cases 
not  recent  inventions  but  old  survivals  from  a  time  when 
they  were  generally  accepted  by  all  Germanic  peoples  and 
even  by  all  Indo-Europeans. 

The  only  class  of  original  contributions  made  by  the 
negroes  to  our  stock  of  superstitions  is  that  of  the  voodoo 
or  hoodoo  signs,  which  were  brought  from  Africa  by  the 
ancestors  of  the  present  colored  people  of  America.  These 
have  taken  only  slight  root  in  the  Caucasian  mind.  On 
the  arrival  of  the  negro  in  America,  his  child-like  mind 


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was  readily  receptive  to  the  white  man's  superstitions. 
Reciprocally  the  black  slaves  and  servants  in  Kentucky 
and  elsewhere  in  the  South  have  frequently  been  the  agents 
through  which  the  minds  of  white  children  have  been  sown 
with  these  supernatural  beliefs,  some  of  which  have  re- 
mained permanently  with  them.  Nearly  all  classes  of 
superstitions  find  acceptance  among  the  negroes.  The 
most  widely  prevalent  are  beliefs  concerning  haunted 
houses,  weather  signs,  bad-luck  and  good-luck  signs, 
"charm"  cures,  and  hoodoo  signs.  In  particular,  the  ne- 
groes' belief  that  the  date  of  the  planting  of  vegetables 
should  be  determined  by  the  phases  of  the  moon,  is  un- 
shakeable,  and  the  fear,  especially  of  the  older  negroes,  is 
ever-present  that  an  enemy  will  impose  a  hoodoo  upon 
them.  With  increase  of  travel,  with  somewhat  broader 
and  more  active  industrial  life,  and  with  improved  chances 
for  education,  the  Kentucky  negroes  appear  to  be  slowly, 
though  very  slowly,  losing  their  superstitious  beliefs. 
Even  in  the  very  good  negro  schools  of  Louisville  and 
Lexington,  however,  most  of  the  students,  older  ones  as 
well  as  younger,  have  thus  far  progressed  but  little  in  this 
direction. 

Until  the  past  decade,  the  life  in  much  of  the  mountain 
region  of  Kentucky  has  been  isolated  and  primitive.  Be- 
fore that  time,  not  only  were  there  no  railroads  in  the  heart 
of  the  mountains,  but  even  roads  were  surprisingly  scarce. 
The  beds  of  small  streams  served,  and  in  many  places  still 
serve,  as  ready,  if  not  satisfactory,  substitutes.  Along 
with  feuds,  illicit  stills,  emotional  religion,  and  genuine 
hospitality,  which  are  characteristics  of  the  pinched  life 
in  the  mountain  fastnesses,  folk  superstitions  have  sur- 
vived with  great  tenacity.  Of  late,  however,  a  transfer- 


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mation  has  begun  in  this  once  remote  section.  Railroads 
have  entered  from  several  directions  to  open  up  the  coal, 
oil,  and  lumber  fields.  At  present,  with  a  fuller  industrial 
life,  newcomers  have  arrived,  old  families  have  been  scat- 
tered, schools  have  become  better  and  more  numerous,  and 
the  life  of  the  old  communities  has  entered  upon  a  process 
of  change.  The  superstitious  beliefs  still  retained  by  the 
old-type  mountaineers  are  in  general  those  that  were 
brought  to  Kentucky  by  their  English  and  Scotch-Irish 
ancestors.  Many  are  concerned  with  good  and  bad  luck 
signs,  which  are  more  or  less  similar  to  those  that  have  sur- 
vived in  other  places.  The  chief  difference  is  that  these 
survivals  are  more  widely  accepted  in  the  conservative 
fastnesses  of  the  mountaineers  than  elsewhere  among  the 
white  people  of  Kentucky.  Folk  remedies  and  medicines 
are,  also,  very  widely  trusted  by  the  highlanders;  for  ex- 
ample, many  folk  practices  are  customary  in  connection 
with  child-birth.  Men  and  women  who -are  thought  to  ac- 
complish cures  by  incantations,  or  "ceremonies,"  and  phy- 
sicians who  reinforce  more  or  less  legitimate  medical  prac- 
tice with  charm  cures  are  only  gradually  becoming  less 
numerous  and  less  influential.  One  of  the  most  remark- 
able classes  of  folk-lore  survivals  in  the  mountains  of 
Kentucky  is  that  of  witch  lore.  Perhaps  there  is  at  this 
time  no  other  place  in  the  English-speaking  parts  of  the 
world  where  superstitions  concerning  witches  receive  so 
much  credence.  The  supposed  activity  of  these  malevolent 
beings  is  now,  however,  as  one  may  judge  from  the  data  of 
later  pages  in  this  volume,  confined  mainly  to  the  be- 
witching of  cows  and  rarely  to  the  "spelling"  of  a  dog,  a 
horse,  or  a  person.  The  mountain  witch  stories  are  slowly 
passing  into  the  same  class  with  fairy  tales.  At  present. 


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the  witches  are  few,  and  the  witch  and  charm  doctors  are 
chiefly  old  men  and  women,  who,  when  they  die,  will  in 
many  cases  leave  no  successors.  Yet  so  instinctive  and 
deep-rooted  is  superstition  that  education  and  the  interests 
of  an  increasingly  more  conventional  life  in  the  Kentucky 
mountains  combat  it  with  but  slow  success. 

As  the  lowland  whites  of  Kentucky  are  more  numer- 
ous, more  varied,  and  geographically  more  widely  spread 
than  either  the  negroes  of  the  Blue  Grass  and  the  western 
parts  of  the  State  or  the  white  people  of  the  mountains, 
probably  as  many  individual  superstitions  may  be  gleaned 
among  them  as  among  either  the  negroes  or  the  moun- 
taineers. Naturally  they  are  more  fully  current  in  small 
towns  and  in  country  districts  than  in  cities,  and  more 
fully  among  children  and  illiterates  than  among  educated 
adults.  In  a  small  Kentucky  town,  life  changes  less  rapid- 
ly than  in  many  other  places.  As  it  is  still  in  some  measure 
similar  to  the  life  in  a  typical  town  of  a  border- Southern 
State  such  as  Mark  Twain  reproduces  in  Tom  Sawyer 
and  Huckleberry  Finn,  it  is  not  surprising  that  every  folk 
superstition  mentioned  in  those  two  books  is  to  be  found  in 
the  following  pages. 

A  larger  percentage  of  the  negroes  than  of  the  moun- 
taineers are  strongly  swayed  by  folk  signs,  and  a  larger 
proportion  of  the  mountaineers  than  of  the  lowland  Cau- 
casians. Of  this  collection  of  almost  four  thousand  sepa- 
rate items,  the  majority  may  be  found  among  both  low- 
landers  and  highlanders  and  among  both  negroes  and 
whites.  In  the  presence  of  improved  and  more  accessible 
educational  advantages  and  of  increasing  complexity  of 
life,  superstitions  are  very  gradually  dying  out  in  Ken- 
tucky. 


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BOOKS  TREATING  FOLK  SUPERSTITIONS 


COLLECTIONS  OF  SUPERSTITIONS 

V.  S.  Lean:    Lean's  Collectanea.     1902-1904. 

Cora  Linn  Daniels  and  C.  M.  Stevans:  Encyclopaedia  of  Super- 
stitions, Folklore  and  the  Occult  Sciences  of  the  World.  3  vols.  1903. 

J.  G.  Frazer:    The  Golden  Bough.     14  vols.     1914. 

S.  Baring-Gould:  Curious  Myths  of  the  Middle  Ages.  2nd  Edit., 
2  vols.  1868. 

T.  F.  Thistleton-Dyer :    The  Folk- Lore  of  Plants.     1889. 

Fanny  D.  Bergen:  Current  Superstitions  culled  from  the  oral  tra- 
dition of  English  speaking  folk,  with  introduction  by  Wm.  Wells 
Newell.  1896. 

Fanny  D.  Bergen:  Animal  and  Plant  Lore.  Memoirs  of  the  Ameri- 
can Folk-Lore  Society.  1899. 

Clifton  Johnson:  What  they  say  in  New  England.  (This  volume 
contains  several  hundred  New-England  superstitions.) 

Edwin  Miller  Fogel:  Beliefs  and  Superstitions  of  the  Pennsyl- 
vania Germans.  1915.  (This  volume  contains  2083  separate  super- 
stitions). 

PERIODICAL  PUBLICATIONS 

Folk-Lore.     A  quarterly  review.     London.      1893- 
The  Journal  of  American  Folk-Lore.     1888- 


BOOKS  ON  SOURCES  OF  FOLK  SUPERSTITIONS 

J.  G.  Frazer:    The  Golden  Bough.     14  vols.     1914. 
John  Fiske:    Myths  and  Mythmakers.     1873. 

John  Brand:    Observations  on  Popular  Antiquities.     A  new  edition 
with  the  additions  of  Sir  Henry  Ellis.     1900. 

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Charles  Hardwick:  Traditions,  Superstitions,  and  Folk-lore 
(chiefly  Lancashire  and  North  of  England)  ;  their  Eastern  Origin  and 
Mythical  Significance.  1872. 

Robert  Means  Lawrence:  The  Magic  of  the  Horseshoe,  with  other 
Fold-lore.  1898. 

William  George  Black:    Folk  Medicine.     1883. 

Thomas  Sharper  Knowlson:  The  Origins  of  Popular  Superstitions 
and  Customs.  1910. 

Frank  W.  Nicolson:  The  Saliva  Superstition  in  Classical  Liter- 
ature. Harvard  Studies  in  Classical  Philology,  vol.  8.  1897. 

BIRTH  AND  CHILD  LIFE 

(The  notation  of  a  section  of  Kentucky  in  connection 
with  a  superstition  shows  that  it  has  been  reported  only 
from  that  section.  The  absence  of  localization  indicates 
that  the  superstition  is  general.  The  attribution  to  defi- 
nite localities  is  necessarily  somewhat  loose.) 

1.  A  woman  in  travail  should  hold  salt  clenched  in  her 

two  outstretched  hands Mountains 

2.  In  a  case  of  child  labor,  place  an  axe  edge  up  under 

the  bed  of  the  mother Mountains 

3.  If  an  expectant  mother  places  her  hand  upon  her 

body,  the  child  will  have  a  birthmark  at  the  position 
on  its  body  that  she  presses Mountains 

4.  An  expectant  mother  should  not  have  her  teeth  filled. 

5.  In  a  case  of  child  labor,  cross  hazel  twigs,  put  them 

across  an  open  Bible,  and  place  them  under  the 
pillow Mountains 

6.  Wine  is  necessary  to  women  with  child.     At  com- 

munion a  pregnant  woman,  whether  a  church  mem- 
ber or  not,  may  receive  the  communion  wine 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

7.  To  drain  a  woman  at  child-birth,  the  physician  places 

his  shoes  on  the  woman  and  makes  her  walk  about 
in  them  until  the  time  of  the  after-birth;  then  he 
places  his  hat  on  her  head Mountains 

8.  To  hasten  child-delivery,  give  a  woman  a  drink  of 

which  another  woman  has  partaken ....  Blue  Grass 

9.  To  hasten  child-delivery,  beat  a  rattlesnake's  rattles 

fine  and  give  the  powder  to  the  one  that  is  in  la- 
bor   Blue  Grass 

10.  The  number  of  balls  on  the  naval  string  of  the  first 

child  shows  the  number  of  children  that  a  woman 
will  have Mountains 

11.  Children  are  brought  by  a  stork. 

12.  A  child  born  with  a  caul,  that  is,  with  the  birth  mem- 

branes unruptured,  will  have  second  sight. 

13.  If  a  green  veil  shrouds  the  face  of  a  new-born  child, 

the  child  is  gifted  with  prophecy Mountains 

14.  If  an  enemy,  at  the  birth  of  a  child,  can  get  posses- 

sion of  the  baby's  after-birth,  he  can  control  the 
child's  fate  for  evil  ever  afterwards. 

15.  If  you  visit  a  new  boy  baby  and  kiss  it,  you  will  have 

good  luck North-eastern  Kentucky 

16.  If  you  make  fun  of  a  little  baby,  you  will  have  the 

thing  that  you  ridicule  in  it 

Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

17.  If  one  finds  a  baby-pacifier,  there  is  going  to  be  an 

addition  to  the  family. 

18.  When  a  baby  smiles  in  its  sleep,  angels  are  talking 

to  it. 

19.  A  child  that  is  born  on  Christmas  Day  can  under- 

stand the  speech  of  animals Mountains 

20.  A  baby's  crying  at  christening  is  a  good-luck  sign. 

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21.  If  a  child's  ear  runs  into  the  cheek  without  a  crease 

at  the  lobe,  it  will  have  criminal  tendencies. 

22.  Bald-headed  babies  are  from  fine  stock. 

23.  If  a  child's  hair  is  long  and  heavy,  the  child  will  not 

grow,  as  all  its  strength  will  go  into  its  hair 

Central  Kentucky 

24.  If  a  baby  is  born  with  an  unusually  large  amount  of 

hair,  it  will  have  very  little  at  maturity , 

Central  Kentucky 

25.  If  a  baby  is  born  with  no  hair  or  but  little,  it  will  have 

a  great  deal  at  maturity Central  Kentucky 

26.  If  a  child  has  a  large  mouth,  it  will  be  a  good  singer 

Central  Kentucky 

27.  If  a  baby  has  early  teething,  there  will  be  a  new  baby 

in  the  family  soon Mountains 

28.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  put  a  new-born  baby  on  a  table. 

29.  If  you  take  a  baby  down  the  hill  before  you  take  it 

up  the  hill,  it  will  go  down  hill  in  life .  . .  Mountains 

30.  Carry  your  baby  upstairs  before  you  dp  downstairs, 

so  that  it  will  rise  in  the  world. 

31.  If  a  child  sings  in  bed,  it  will  wet  the  bed. . Mountains 

32.  If  you  crack  the  first  louse  found  in  a  child's  head  on 

the  bottom  of  a  tin  cup,  the  child  will  make  a  good 
singer Mountains 

33.  When  a  boy  baby  is  taken  for  the  first  time  on  a  call, 

its  disposition  will  be  affected  by  that  of  the  man 
of  the  house Southern  Kentucky 

34.  When  a  girl  baby  is  taken  for  the  first  time  on  a 

call,  its  disposition  will  be  affected  by  that  of  the 
woman  of  the  house Southern  Kentucky 

35.  If  a  child  is  homely  when  it  is  small,  it  will  be  good- 

looking  when  it  is  grown. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

36.  If  a  child  is  good-looking  when  it  is  small,  it  will  be 

homely  when  it  is  grown. 

37.  A  beautiful  girl  will  not  be  nervous  when  she  is  a 

woman. 

38.  If  aa  infant  clutches  a  coin  that  is  put  into  its  hands, 

it  will  love  money. 

39.  If  an  infant  does  not  clutch  a  coin  that  is  put  into  its 

hands,  it  will  be  a  spendthrift. 

40.  If  a  baby's  fist  closes  over  money  that  is  put  into  its 

hands,  it  will  be  prosperous  when  it  is  grown. 

41.  If  a  baby's  fist  does  not  close  over  money  that  is  put 

into  his  hands,  it  will  be  poor  when  it  is  grown. 

42.  Place  a  child  on  the  floor  with  a  Bible,  a  dollar,  and  a 

deck  of  cards.    The  one  that  he  chooses  first  indi- 
cates his  future  as  a  preacher,  financier,  or  gambler. 

43.  If  the  hand  of  a  new-born  baby  is  closed  tight,  it  will 

be  close  or  saving. 

44.  If  the  hand  of  a  new-born  baby  is  open,  it  will  be  of 

a  generous  disposition. 

45.  If  a  child  cries  a  great  deal  when  it  is  an  infant,  it 

will  make  a  good  man  or  woman. 

46.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  change  a  baby's  name. 

47.  If  in  dressing  the  baby  for  the  first  time  you  put  its 

right  arm  into  its  dress  first,  it  will  be  right-handed. 

48.  If  on  the  first  time  that  a  baby  is  dressed  the  left  arm 

is  put  into  the  dress  before  the  right  arm,  the  baby 
will  be  left-handed. 

49.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  put  a  baby's  dress  on  over  its 

head  before  it  is  one  year  old. 

50.  Pull  the  baby's  clothes  on  over  its  feet  instead  of 

over  its  head,  or  it  will  never  grow. 

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51.  Do  not  cut  the  baby's  nails  until  it  is  one  month  old. 

It  will  be  light-fingered  if  you  do. 

52.  If  you  bite  a  baby's  finger  nails,  it  will  steal  when  it 

grows  up. 

53.  If  you  cut  off  a  baby's  finger  nails,  it  will  die  before 

it  is  six  years  old. 

54.  Anyone  except  a  mother  may  cut  a  baby's  nails  with- 

out damage. 

55.  If  you  place  a  hat  on  a  baby's  head  before  it  is  a 

year  old,  it  will  not  grow  any  more. 

56.  You  must  not  put  a  hat  on  a  baby's  head,  for,  if  you 

do  so,  you  will  cause  bad  teething. 

57.  Make  a  baby  cut  teeth  by  putting  a  hat  on  its  head 

before  it  is  six  months  old. 

58.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  cut  a  baby's  hair  before  it  is 

a  year  old.    The  child  will  die. 

59.  To  keep  a  person  from  growing,  take  three  hairs 

from  the  back  of  his  neck  and  three  from  each  tem- 
ple, make  a  hole  in  a  Columbia  poplar  at  the  per- 
son's height,  put  the  hairs  into  the  hole,  and  drive 
in  a  peg Mountains 

60.  It  is  bad  luck  to  let  the  baby  look  into  a  mirror  be- 

fore it  is  one  year  old. 

61.  Do  not  let  the  baby  look  into  a  mirror  before  it 

teethes.    This  act  will  make  teething  hard. 

62.  If  a  baby  looks  into  a  mirror,  it  will  be  small. 

63.  If  a  baby  looks  into  a  mirror  before  it  is  one  year  old, 

it  will  die. 

64.  If  a  baby  looks  into  a  mirror  before  it  is  a  year  old, 

it  will  die  before  it  is  two  years  old.* 

65.  If  you  show  a  baby  itself  in  a  mirror  before  it  is  six 

months  old,  it  will  die  before  it  is  a  year  old. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

66.  If  you  measure  a  child  on  the  day  that  it  is  two  years 

of  age,  it  will  be  half  as  tall  as  it  ever  will  be 

Louisville  Negroes 

67.  It  causes  bad  luck  for  a  child  to  be  put  under  a  bed 

on  its  ninth  birthday,  for  it  will  never  grow  any 
more   Mountains 

68.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  count  a  baby's  teeth. 

69.  If  a  child  puts  its  tooth  under  its  pillow  at  night,  it 

will  become  a  five-cent  piece  by  morning. 

70.  If  a  baby's  first  tooth  grows  into  the  gum  above,  it 

will  be  a  thief. 

71.  If  you  tickle  a  baby,  you  will  cause  it  to  stutter. 

72.  If  a  child  is  prematurely  wise,  he  will  not  live  long. 

73.  The  good  die  young. 

74.  If  a  baby  does  not  fall  off  the  bed,  it  will  never  be 

reared. 

75.  If  a  young  child  marks  the  furniture,  it  will  soon  die, 

"It  is  marking  itself  out  of  the  world." 

Western  Kentucky 

76.  Unless  a  baby  crawls  before  it  walks,  it  will  crawl  in 

after  life Central  Kentucky 

77.  A  baby's  sneezing  at  the  table  is  a  sign  of  death. 

78.  If  a  baby  talks  before  it  walks,  its  tongue  will  ruin 

it Central  Kentucky 

79.  If  the  teakettle  boils  in  a  room  where  there  is  a  little 

baby,  the  baby  will  have  colic .  .  .  Central  Kentucky 

80.  Never  carry  a  baby  in  a  funeral  procession  before  it 

is  a  year  old;  if  you  do,  it  will  die 

Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

81.  If  you  think  too  much  of  a  child,  he  will  die.     (2nd 

Commandment.)    Mountains 

82.  The  third  son  has  the  brains  of  the  family .  Mountains 

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83.  If  any  one  steps  over  you,  you  will  not  grow  any 

more. 

84.  When  a  baby  sticks  out  its  tongue,  it  wants  some- 

thing that  it  has  not. 

85.  When  a  baby  sweeps  a  floor,  the  act  is  the  sign  of 

someone  coming. 

86.  If  a  child  blows  all  the  fluff  from  the  dandelion  in 

one  blow,  his  mother  wishes  him  very  much ;  in  two 
blows,  not  so  much;  in  three  blows,  not  enough  to 
cease  play Mountains 

87.  Blow  the  seed-ball  from  a  dandelion  and  then  count 

the  seeds  left;  the  number  you  count  will  indicate 
the  number  of  days  until  you  will  get  a  whipping. 

88.  The  boy  that  steps  on  another  boy's  foot  is  his  worst 

enemy ;  but  if  a  girl  does  so,  she  is  his  best  friend .  . 
Louisville  Negroes 

89.  If  a  child  drops  his  school  book  and  picks  it  up,  he 

will  miss  his  lesson  in  it.  He  can  avert  the  disaster 
by  kissing  his  book. 

90.  If  a  child  drops  his  book  and  does  not  stamp  it  be- 

fore picking  it  up,  he  will  miss  his  lesson 

Louisville  Negroes 

91.  If  some  one  picks  up  for  a  child  a  book  that  he  has 

dropped,  the  former  and  not  the  latter  will  miss 
the  lesson. 

92.  A  girl  who  drops  her  school  books  may  avert  bad 

luck  or  a  missed  lesson  by  walking  around  each 
article  and  putting  her  foot  on  it. 

93.  To  keep  from  missing  his  lesson,  a  child  should  step 

on  his  books Blue  Grass 

94.  If  a  child  sleeps  with  his  text  book  under  his  head  at 

night,  he  will  know  his  lesson  next  day. 

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95.  If  a  child  goes  for  a  switch  for  the  punishment  of  an- 

other child,  the  former  will  himself  be  whipped. 

96.  On  a  child's  birthday,  he  should  receive  a  blow  with 

a  switch  or  other  instrument  of  pain  for  each  year 
of  his  life.  Each  blow  should  be  accompanied  by 
the  pronouncing  of  n  line  of  the  following  or  a  simi- 
lar incantation,  adapted  to  fit  the  age  of  the  child: 

One  to  live  on; 
One  to  grow  on ; 
One  to  eat  on; 
One  to  be  happy  on; 
One  to  get  married  on. 

FAMILY  RELATIONS 

97.  A  poor  man  is  sure  to  have  many  children  ("A  fool 

for  luck  and  a  poor  man  for  children") . 

98.  If  there  is  strong  family  resemblance  between  par- 

ent and  child,  the  child  will  outlive  the  parent. 

99.  If  a  daughter  resembles  her  father,  she  is  born  for 

good  luck. 

100.  If  a  boy  is  born  like  his  mother,  he  is  born  for  good 

luck. 

101.  It  is  unlucky  to  be  named  for  your  mother 

Mountains 

102.  Step  on  a  crack, 

Break  your  mother's  back. 

103.  If  you  are  walking  backwards,  you  are  cursing  your 

parents. 

104.  If  you  walk  backwards  and  look  over  your  left  shoul- 

der, you  curse  your  mother Central  Kentucky 

105.  One  in  each  family  can  locate  water  or  veins  of  water 

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by  taking  a  peach-tree  fork  and  turning  it  upside 
down  like  this — V — .  The  fork  will  turn  down 
in  the  neighborhood  of  water  underground. 


LOST  ARTICLES 

106.  To  find  which  way  the  cows  have  gone,  catch  a  dad- 

dy-long-legs by  the  hind  legs,  and  he  will  point 
with  one  of  his  front  legs. 

107.  Count  a  hundred  stars  without  repetition;  then  you 

will  find  something  lost. 

108.  If  you  secretly  bury  a  marble  and  go  back  in  three 

days,  all  the  marbles  that  you  have  ever  lost  will 
be  there Blue  Grass 

109.  Find  a  marble  or  other  lost  article  by  throwing  an- 

other one  and  watching  where  it  goes. 

110.  In  order  to  find  anything  lost,  shut  your  eyes  and 

turn  around  several  tanes.  Then  throw  something 
at  random.  The  way  it  goes  is  the  way  toward  the 
lost  article Blue  Grass 

111.  To  find  a  lost  article,  spit  into  your  hand,  strike  the 

saliva  with  your  other  hand,  and  watch  the  direc- 
tion of  the  splash. 

112.  If  you  have  lost  a  ball,  spit  into  the  palm  of  your 

hand  and  say,  "Spit,  spat,  where  is  the  ball  at?" 
While  you  are  repeating  these  words,  take  the 
other  hand  with  two  fingers  and  strike  the  saliva. 

It  will  fly  in  the  direction  of  the  ball 

Central  Kentucky 

113.  If  a  person  loses  a  needle  and  someone  else  asks  if 

there  was  a  thread  in  it,  the  loser  of  the  needle  will 
find  it North-eastern  Kentucky 

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114.  If  you  lose  anything,  you  will  find  it  seven  days  later 

at  the  same  time  that  you  lost  it,  provided  you  do 
not  look  before Blue  Grass 

115.  Shut  your  eyes  and  throw  a  piece  of  gravel.    After 

a  week,  try  to  find  it.    If  you  succeed,  you  will  have 
good  luck. 

116.  To  find  a  ring  that  has  been  lost,  carry  a  peach  switch 

gripped  tightly.    It  will  turn  down  when  you  reach 
the  place  where  the  ring  is  lost. 

117.  To  find  gold  that  is  lost,  place  a  dime  in  the  end  of 

a  forked  cherry  or  peach  switch  and  proceed  as  in 
the  last  given  superstition. 

118.  You  may  recover  lost  money  by  kissing  a  negro. 

119.  If  you  find  that  you  are  lost,  go  in  the  opposite  di- 

rection, and  you  will  come  to  your  destination. 

120.  If  you  are  lost,  throw  a  knife  over  your  back.     The 

way  the  blade  points  is  the  way  to  take. 

WISHES 

121.  A  wish  made  on  the  new  moon  will  come  to  pass. 

122.  Make  a  wish  on  a  new  moon;  if  you  do  not  look  at 

the  moon  until  it  is  new  again,  your  wish  will  come 
true Blue  Grass 

123.  When  you  see  the  new  moon,  turn  a  piece  of  money 

over  and  make  a  wish ;  the  wish  will  come  true .... 
Mountains 

124.  If  you  see  the  new  moon  over  the  left  shoulder,  any 

wish  you  make  will  come  true.  .Western  Kentucky 

125.  If  you  see  the  moon  over  your  right  shoulder  and 

make  a  wish,  it  will  come  true Mountains 

126.  Make  a  wish  when  you  see  the  first  star  and  do  not 

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speak  until  you  see  another.  The  wish  will  come 
true. 

127.  Put  a  ring  on  the  finger  at  the  sight  of  the  first  star 

in  the  evening.    Your  wish  will  come  true 

i Mountains 

128.  If  when  you  see  a  meteor  you  can  make  a  wish  before 

it  disappears,  your  wish  will  come  true. 

129.  When  you  see  a  shooting  star,  if  you  say  "Money" 

three  times  you  will  have  a  full  pocket  book 

Mountains 

130.  If  you  see  a  bluebird  and  make  a  wish  before  it  flies 

away,  the  wish  will  come  to  pass. 

131.  If  you  see  a  crow  flying  through  the  air,  make  a 

wish.  If  he  does  not  flap  his  wings  before  he  goes 
out  of  sight,  the  wish  will  come  true.  If  he  does 
flap  his  wings,  look  away,  and  if  you  do  not  see  him 
again  your  wish  will  come  true. 

132.  Your  wish  will  be  realized  if  you  make  it  when  the 

first  turtle-dove  of  the  spring  coos ....  Blue  Grass 

133.  Make  a  wish  when  you  see  a  redbird. 

134.  If  you  throw  a  kiss  at  a  redbird  and  make  a  wish,  it 

will  come  true. 

135.  Make  a  wish  when  you  see  a  redbird.    If  it  flies  to  the 

right,  the  wish  will  come  to  pass. 

136.  After  you  have  made  a  wish  at  the  sight  of  a  redbird, 

the  wish  will  come  to  pass  if  the  bird  flies  upward 
Western  Kentucky 

137.  Name  a  redbird.    If  you  make  a  wish  before  the  bird 

flies,  it  will  come  true. 

138.  If  you  see  a  redbird,  make  a  wish  and  spit  at  it  three 

times  before  it  gets  out  of  sight.  Under  these  con- 
ditions the  wish  will  come  true Mountains 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

139.  If  you  make  a  wish  when  you  see  a  lone  turkey-buz- 

zard and  do  not  look  at  it  again,  it  will  come  true 
Central  Kentucky 

140.  A  wish  made  on  the  first  whippoorwill  in  spring  and 

kept  secret  will  come  to  pass Mountains 

141.  When  you  hear  the  first  whippoorwill  of  the  year, 

walk  three  steps  back,  pick  up  whatever  is  under 
your  left  heel,  spit  on  it,  and  make  a  wish. 

142.  If  you  see  a  flock  of  birds,  make  a  wish,  and  do  not 

look  at  the  birds  again Mountains 

143.  If  you  see  a  flock  of  blackbirds,  name  them  and  make 

a  wish Mountains 

144.  When  you  see  a  gray  cat,  look  at  its  fore  feet  and 

make  a  wish.     If  you  see  it  again,  the  wish  will 
come  to  pass Mountains 

145.  If  you  see  a  spotted  horse  and  make  a  wish,  it  will 

come  true,  provided  you  do  not  see  it  again. 

146.  Make  a  wish  at  the  sight  of  a  white  horse. 

147.  If  you  spit  over  your  little  finger  when  you  see  a 

white  horse,  your  wish  nvill  come  true 

Western  Kentucky 

148.  If  you  find  a  horseshoe  with  the  toe  towards  you, 

throw  it  over  your  right  shoulder  and  make  a  wish 
Mountains 

149.  Put  a  horseshoe  above  a  door.     The  first  one  that 

passes  under  it  must  make  a  wish. 

150.  Spit  on  a  horseshoe  and  throw  it  over  your  head.    If 

the  outside  remains  up,  your  greatest  desire  will 
be  realized Southern  Kentucky 

151.  You  can  avert  ill  luck  from  the  passing  of  a  double 

horse  or  mule  wagon  by  running  across  the  road 
and  making  a  wish.    The  wish  will  come  true. 

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152.  When  you  see  a  gray  mule,  make  a  wish,  wet  your 

thumb,  and  stamp  your  hand Mountains 

153.  If  you  find  a  nail,  hammer  it  into  something,  and  at 

the  same  time  make  a  wish.  The  wish  will  come 
true Mountains 

154.  Two  people  may  each  make  a  wish  and  then  break  a 

wishbone  between  them.  The  one  that  gets  the 
shorter  piece  will  be  married  first,  and  the  other 
will  obtain  his  wish. 

155.  If  you  make  a  wish  before  you  go  up  a  hill  and  do 

not  look  back,  your  wish  will  come  true .  Mountains 

156.  Make  a  wish  and  throw  a  piece  of  wish  vine  over 

your  right  shoulder  into  the  weeds.  If  it  grows, 
your  wish  will  come  true Mountains 

157.  Make  a  wish  on  a  grain  of  corn  that  you  have  found 

and  bury  the  corn.  The  wish  will  come  to  pass .... 
Southern  Kentucky 

158.  If  you  find  a  four-leaved  clover,  hold  it  above  the 

head  and  make  a  wish Mountains 

159.  Put  a  four-leaved  clover  into  your  shoe.     Make  a 

wish.    When  it  is  lost  out,  the  wish  will  come  true. 

160.  Share  a  double  almond  with  some  one.     Let  each 

make  a  wish.  When  you  two  next  meet,  the  first 
that  says  "Philippino"  will  get  his  wish. 

161.  Make  a  wish  at  the  sight  of  a  hay  wagon. 

162.  When  you  see  a  wagon  of  hay,  make  a  wish.    Count 

thirteen  while  you  look,  then  turn  away,  and  do 
not  see  the  wagon  of  hay  again.  The  wish  will  come 
true.  If  the  hay  is  baled,  the  wish  will  not  come 
true  until  the  bales  are  broken. 

163.  If  you  pass  a  loaded  wagon,  make  a  wish.     If  you 

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pass  it  a  second  time,  the  wish  will  not  come  true 
and  you  will  have  bad  luck. 

164.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  pass  a  hay  wagon  without  mak- 

ing a  wish.  A  serious  sickness  in  the  family  or 
death  will  ensue. 

165.  Make  a  wish  at  the  sight  of  a  freight-train.     Count 

"yes,  no,  maybe  so,"  to  find  whether  the  wish  will 
come  to  pass Blue  Grass 

166.  Whenever  a  yellow  railroad  car  passes,  make  a  wish. 

If  you  do  not  look  at  the  car  again,  the  wish  will 
come  true. 

167.  Make  a  wish  when  you  cross  a  new  bridge 

Southern  Kentucky 

168.  When  you  pass  over  a  railroad  bridge,  you  may  make 

a  wish,  and  if  you  do  not  speak  until  you  have 
passed  over  the  bridge  the  wish  will  come  true. 

169.  If  you  spit  over  a  bridge-railing  into  the  water  and 

then  do  not  speak  until  you  are  off  the  bridge,  your 
wish  will  come  to  pass. 

170.  If  you  count  twelve  while  you  cross  a  bridge  and 

make  a  wish,  the  wish  will  come  true .  .  .  Blue  Grass 

171.  Always  go  the  end  of  the  walk,  hang  your  left  foot 

over,  and  make  a  wish.  The  wish  will  come  true. 
If  you  do  not  follow  this  plan  precisely,  you  will 
have  bad  luck. 

172.  If  on  the  first  time  you  go  into  a  new  house  you  make 

a  wish,  it  will  come  to  pass. 

173.  Upon  entering  a  strange  house  go  to  the  kitchen  and 

make  a  wish.    It  will  come  true. 

174.  A  wish  made  in  a  bed  never  before  slept  in  will  come 

true. 

175.  When  an  eyelash  falls  out,  make  a  wish  and  blow  the 

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lash  from  the  back  of  your  hand;  if  the  lash  falls 
off,  the  wish  will  come  true,  but  if  it  sticks  to  the 
back  of  the  hand,  the  wish  will  not  come  true. 

176.  If  you  find  a  loose  eyelash  on  another  person,  put  it 

on  your  left  hand,  make  a  wish,  and  blow  the  eye- 
lash over  your  right  shoulder.  Your  wish  will  come 
true. 

177.  Make  a  wish  while  untangling  your  hair. 

178.  If  when  you  find  a  pin  pointed  toward  you  you  make 

a  wish,  it  will  surely  come  to  pass. 

179.  Find  a  pin,  stick  it  on  your  left  shoulder  with  your 

right  hand,  make  a  wish,  and  pass  it  on. 

180.  When  you  find  a  pin,  make  a  wish,  put  the  pin  on 

your  shoulder,  and  do  not  glance  at  it  again.  Your 
wish  will  come  true.  Variant:  if  you  lose  it  with- 
out knowing  when,  the  wish  will  come  true. 

181.  Make  a  wish  when  you  put  a  ring  on  some  one's 

finger. 

182.  If  you  turn  another  person's  ring  around  eighteen 

times  and  make  a  wish,  it  will  come  true. 

183.  If  you  make  a  wish  and  then  look  over  your  left 

shoulder  (not  looking  through  trees  at  the  new 
moon),  your  wish  will  come  true Blue  Grass 

184.  A  girl  may  make  a  wish  if  her  skirt  turns  up. 

185.  If  you  must  change  a  garment  accidentally  put  on 

wrong  side  out,  make  a  wish  while  doing  so.  This 
act  will  avert  bad  luck,  and  your  wish  will  come 
true. 

186.  If  a  point  of  scissors  that  you  drop  sticks  into  the 

floor,  make  a  wish.    It  will  come  to  pass. 

187.  Find  a  hairpin,  make  a  wish,  and  hang  the  hairpin  up. 

188.  If  you  bend  the  ends  of  a  found  hairpin  while  mak- 

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ing  a  wish,  and  throw  the  hairpin  away,  the  wish 
will  come  true. 

189.  If  you  find  a  hairpin,  bend  each  prong  with  someone, 

make  a  wish,  and  then  throw  it  over  the  left  shoul- 
der. 

190.  If  you  drop  a  comb,  you  may  turn  the  teeth  down 

and  make  a  wish. 

191.  If  you  drop  a  comb,  put  your  foot  on  it  and  make  a 

wish. 

192.  When  two  persons  speak  the  same  word  at  the  same 

time,  they  should  join  their  little  fingers  and  make 
a  wish. 

193.  If  two  people  say  the  same  thing  at  the  same  time, 

they  must  lock  their  little  fingers  and  say  alter- 
nately: Red,  blue  (or  other  color)  ;  needles,  pins; 
Shakespeare,  Longfellow  (or  other  poets).  Then 
each  may  make  a  wish. 

194.  If  two  people  say  the  same  thing  at  the  same  time, 

they  should  make  wishes,  touch  wood,  and  touch 
blue,  and  their  wishes  will  come  true. 

195.  Make  a  wish  and  open  the  Bible.     If  anywhere  on 

the  page  these  words  occur,  "And  it  will  come  to 
pass,"  the  wish  will  come  true. 

196.  When  you  look  into  a  well  for  the  first  time,  any  wish 

you  make  will  come  to  pass Mountains 

197.  If  you  drop  a  dish  cloth,  step  over  it  and  make  a 

wish   Mountains 

198.  If  you  eat  the  point  of  a  piece  of  pie  last  and  make 

a  wish  on  it,  the  wish  will  come  to  pass. 

199.  If  you  forget  something  and  come  back  for  it,  sit 

down  and  make  a  wish  before  going  on. 


KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 


DIVINATIONS  CONCERNING  LOVE 

200.  If  you  hold  an  apple  in  your  armpit  until  it  is  warm 

and  then  eat  it,  your  sweetheart  will  love  you 

Southern  Kentucky 

201.  If  you  can  break  an  apple  in  two,  you  can  get  any 

one  you  choose  for  your  life  partner 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

202.  If  you  can  break  an  apple  in  two  after  some  one  has 

named  it,  the  one  named  loves  you ....  Blue  Grass 

203.  An  apple  peeling  that  has  been  removed  from  the 

fruit  without  a  break  may  be  thrown  over  the  left 
shoulder  to  form  the  initial  of  the  person  that  one 
will  marry. 

204.  Count  apple-seeds  with  the  use  of  this  formula:  "one, 

I  love,  two,  I  love ;  three,  I  love,  I  say ;  four,  I  love 
with  all  my  heart;  five,  I  cast  away;  six,  he  loves; 
seven,  she  loves;  eight,  both  love;  nine,  he  comes; 
ten,  he  tarries;  eleven,  he  courts;  twelve,  they 
marry." 

205.  As  many  fresh  apple  seeds  as  stick  to  the  forehead 

when  pressed  against  it,  so  many  days  will  it  be 
until  you  see  your  sweetheart Mountains 

206.  Shoot  an  apple  seed  up ;  your  sweetheart  lives  in  the 

direction  that  it  goes Mountains 

207.  Name  apple  seeds  and  shoot  them  at  the  ceiling. 

The  one  that  hits  the  ceiling  shows  which  one  loves 
you  best. 

208.  Put  an  apple  seed  on  each  eye.     Name  each  seed. 

The  first  that  falls  shows  which  one  loves  you  the 
more. 

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209.  Put  five  seeds  on  your  face  and  name  them.     The 

first  to  fall  off  shows  which  one  you  will  marry. 

210.  Place  apple  seeds  on  the  grate.    Name  them.     The 

ones  that  jump  show  which  ones  love  you. 

211.  Count  apple  seeds  to  learn  the  number  of  children 

you  will  have Mountains 

212.  If  you  can  eat  a  crab  apple  without  frowning,  you 

can  get  the  person  you  desire Mountains 

213.  If  a  girl's  apron  comes  unpinned,  her  sweetheart  has 

been  taken. 

214.  If  a  girl's  apron  becomes  unfastened  and  drops  off, 

her  lover  is  thinking  of  her. 

215.  If  your  apron  slips  off,  your  sweetheart  is  talking 

about  you. 

216.  Make  a  string  of  beans  and  throw  it  down.     The 

initial  that  it  forms  will  be  that  of  your  future  mate. 

217.  Name  each  corner  bed  post  when  you  retire.     The 

post  that  you  have  your  hand  on  in  the  morning  in- 
dicates the  one  you  will  marry. 

218.  Rub  each  post  of  the  bed  with  the  peeling  of  two 

lemons  which  you  have  carried  all  day.  The  per- 
son who  offers  you  two  lemons  in  your  dream  is 
your  future  partner  in  life. 

219.  Name  the  corners  of  the  bed-room.     The  one  that 

you  look  at  first  in  the  morning  will  show  which 
person  loves  you  best. 

220.  If  you  look  under  the  bed,  you  will  never  marry. 

221.  Make  up  a  bed  with  some  one  and  do  not  speak 

while  you  are  doing  it.  You  will  marry  the  first 
person  with  whom  you  shake  hands  afterward. 

222.  If  you  cannot  make  a  bed  well,  you  will  marry  a 

worthless  man. 

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223.  To  eat  beets  is  a  sign  that  you  are  in  love .  Mountains 

224.  If  you  can  touch  with  your  finger  a  piece  of  soot  (a 

so-called  beauty  spot)  on  your  face,  your  sweet- 
heart loves  you North-eastern  Kentucky 

225.  If  you  sleep  with  a  Bible  under  your  head  three  suc- 

cessive nights,  you  will  dream  whom  you  shall 
marry  Mountains 

226.  Before  you  go  to  bed  at  night,  get  the  Bible,  select  a 

chapter  that  has  as  many  verses  as  your  sweetheart 
is  years  old,  memorize  the  last  one,  repeat  it  two 
or  three  times,  put  the  Bible  under  your  pillow,  and 
go  to  sleep.  If  you  dream  of  the  person,  you  will 
marry  him  or  her,  as  the  case  may  be ...  Blue  Grass 

227.  If  uninvited  you  take  the  last  portion  from  a  dish, 

you  will  not  be  married  that  year.  Leave  it  for 
fairies. 

228.  If  you  take  the  last  portion  on  a  dish  at  the  invita- 

tion of  someone,  you  will  have  a  handsome  hus- 
band or  wife. 

229.  If  you  take  the  last  biscuit  on  the  plate,  a  rich  young 

widower  or  widow  is  your  fate. 

230.  If  you  take  the  next  to  the  last  biscuit  on  the  plate, 

you  will  never  marry. 

231.  If  you  take  the  next  to  the  last  biscuit  or  the  like, 

you  will  have  a  handsome  husband. 

232.  If  a  bird  flies  into  the  house,  the  one  who  discovers 

it  will  be  married  before  the  year  is  out.  His 
spouse  will  be  from  the  region  from  which  the  bird 
came ;  for  example,  a  robin  represents  a  town  per- 
son and  a  meadow  lark  a  country  person. 

233.  If  you  find  a  bird's  nest  empty,  you  will  never  marry. 

If  it  has  one  egg  in  it,  you  will  marry  within  one 

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year ;  if  two  eggs,  two  years ;  et  cetera .  .  Mountains 

234.  If  you  stick  your  finger,  put  three  drops  of  blood  on 

a  piece  of  cloth  and  leave  it  by  your  bedside.  Your 
future  husband's  or  wife's  initials  will  be  written 
on  it  in  the  morning North-eastern  Kentucky 

235.  If  you  burn  your  bread,  your  sweetheart  is  angry 

with  you. 

236.  If  a  girl  allows  the  bread  to  burn  while  baking  it, 

she  will  never  be  married. 

237.  If  a  girl  burns  bread  while  baking  it,  her  married 

life  will  be  unhappy Southern  Kentucky 

238.  If  you  kill  the  "British  lady"  (the  red-winged  black- 

bird), you  will  marry  the  next  man  you  meet.  . . . 
Mountains 

239.  If  you  can  jump  over  a  broom  placed  on  the  seats 

of  two  chairs,  you  will  marry  within  a  year 

Mountains 

240.  If  you  step  in  front  of  a  broom  with  which  some  one 

is  sweeping,  you  will  not  be  married  that  year. .  .  . 
Mountains 

241.  If  you  cut  first  into  a  cake  of  butter,  you  will  be  an 

old  maid Western  Kentucky 

242.  If  a  butterfly  settles  on  you,  you  will  get  a  new 

sweetheart Mountains 

243.  To   learn   your  future   husband's   profession   count 

your  buttons,  saying: 

"Rich  man,  poor  man,  beggar  man,  thief, 
Doctor,  merchant,  lawyer,  chief." 

244.  If  you  take  the  piece  that  is  on  top  of  the  cake,  you 

will  never  marry Central  Kentucky 

245.  Light  a  candle  and  leave  it.     Your  intended  mate 

will  blow  it  out. 

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246.  Blow  out  the  candles  of  a  birthday  cake.    If  you  ex- 

tinguish all  at  once,  you  will  be  married  within  a 
year. 

247.  The  number  of  birthday  candles  left  unextinguished 

after  you  have  blown  once  shows  how  many  years 
your  wedding  is  off. 

248.  Get  a  bow  of  ribbon  out  of  a  boy's  cap  and  put  it  into 

your  locket.  The  first  boy  that  you  cross  water 
with  thereafter  will  be  the  one  you  are  to  marry. . 
Southern  Kentucky 

249.  In  the  telling  of  fortunes,  the  cards  have  the  signifi- 

cations shown  below: 

Hearts. 

ace — house  or  home, 
two — kiss. 

three — short  space  of  time :  3  hours,  3  days,  etc, 
four — pleasant  crowd:  dining,  dance,  extreme 

and  "mushy"  social  pleasure, 
five — marriage, 
six — love, 
seven — jealousy. 

eight — large  number  of  love  affairs, 
nine — you  get  your  wish, 
ten — extreme  love  pleasures, 
king — somewhat  gray  elderly  man. 
queen — rather  blond  woman, 
jack — rather  blond  young  man. 

Clubs. 

ace — introduction, 
two — new  things  in  your  life, 
three — space  of  time  longer  than  in  hearts. 

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four — crowd:  smaller  or  quieter  than  in  hearts. 

five — ring  at  bell,  knock  at  door,  etc. 

six — ride  in  carriage,  motor,  etc. 

seven — journey  on  water. 

eight — business  transaction. 

nine — sure  luck  (best  in  deck). 

ten — long  journey. 

king — elderly  rather  dark  man. 

queen — rather  dark  woman. 

jack — rather  dark  man. 

Diamonds, 
ace — a  letter, 
two — very  good  luck. 

three — three  pieces  of  good  fortune  together, 
four — pleasant  crowd,  less  extremely  so  than 

in  hearts. 

five — diamond  ring, 
six — money, 
seven — conversation, 
eight — more  money  than  six. 
nine — disappointment, 
ten — more  money  than  eight, 
king — elderly,  very  white-haired  man. 
queen — extremely  blond  woman, 
jack — young  blond  man. 

Spades. 

ace — a  strange  bed. 
two — trouble:  lie,  angry  words,  etc. 
three — long  period  of  time:  three  ytears   or 

more, 
four — crowd  or  sorrow:  at  accident,  fire,  etc. 

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five — sickness. 

six — funeral,  death. 

seven — tears. 

eight — strong  drink,  d.t.'s. 

nine — disaster.    Worst  card  in  deck. 

ten — loss   (not  necessarily  extreme  like  other 

tens). 

king — elderly,  extremely  dark  man. 
queen — extremely  dark  woman, 
jack — extremely  dark  young  man. 

250.  Fortunes  told  with  cards  should  involve  the  use  of 

a  new  deck. 

251.  A  woman  that  loves  a  cat  will  be  an  old  maid. 

252.  If  you  give  a  black  cat  a  piece  of  pickle  and  it  eats  it, 

the  first  man  the  cat  goes  to  you  will  marry. 

253.  To  meet  a  black  cat  with  green  eyes  is  a  sign  that 

your  sweetheart  is  likely  to  quarrel  with  you 

Western  Kentucky 

254.  If  you  tie  a  knot  in  a  cedar  limb  and  name  it  and  it 

grows,  the  person  it  is  named  for  loves  you 

Western  Kentucky 

255.  If  you  walk  across  a  cellar  door  or  a  cellar  grating 

you  will  never  be  married. 

256.  The  falling  back  of  a  chair  as  you  leave  it  means  that 

you  will  not  marry  within  a  year. 

257.  If  when  you  turn  a  chair  over  you  let  it  lie  until  you 

count  thirty,  you  will  marry  twice Mountains 

258.  If  you  turn  over  a  chair  in  rising,  begin  to  say  the 

alphabet.    The  letter  you  pick  it  up  on  is  the  initial 
of  your  future  life  partner. 

259.  If  you  knock  a  chair  over  and  some  one  begins  to 

count,  the  number  counted  before  you  pick  the 

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chair  up  is  the  number  of  years  before  you  will 
marry. 

260.  Bathe  your  hands,  feet,  and  face  in  some  water  in 

which  you  have  placed  charcoal.  You  will  find  a 
lock  of  your  husband's  hair  in  one  piece  of  the 
charcoal Western  Kentucky 

261.  If  your  cheeks  burn,  your  sweetheart  is  talking  about 

you. 

262.  Name  the  chestnuts  on  a  grate.     The  first  one  to 

jump  shows  which  person  loves  you  most. 

263.  If  a  girl  soaks  her  bread  or  cake  in  her  coffee,  she  will 

be  an  old  maid. 

264.  If  you  look  into  a  coffee  pot,  you  will  be  an  old  maid. 

265.  In  the  grounds  of  a  coffee  cup  the  small  lines  that 

form  a  heart  shape  means  a  letter,  a  snake  shape  an 
enemy,  a  coffin  a  death,  and  a  straight  line  peace 
and  happiness. 

266.  If  you  find  a  four-leaved  clover,  put  it  into  the  bot- 

tom of  your  shoe.  The  first  man  you  meet  while 
carrying  this  clover  in  your  shoe  will  be  your  hus- 
band. 

267.  "If  a  maid  finds  a  four-leaf  clover, 

On  that  day  she  will  meet  her  lover. 

She  will  know  him  by  her  beating  heart, 

For  love  is  of  each  life  a  part." Mountains 

268.  Put  a  four-leaved  clover  into  your  shoe,  go  to  sleep, 

and  you  will  see  the  one  you  are  to  marry 

Southern  Kentucky 

269.  If  you  find  a  four-leaved  clover  and  place  it  in  your 

left  shoe,  and  then  shake  hands  first  with  a  person 
of  your  sex,  you  will  never  marry ;  if  first  with  one 

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of  the  other  sex,  that  person  is  destined  to  be  your 
mate Blue  Grass 

270.  If  one  finds  three  four- leaved  clovers  inside  of  three 

hours,  the  third  person  he  will  see  will  be  his  future 
mate Blue  Grass 

271.  Different  colors,  such  as  red,  blue,  and  the  like,  indi- 

cate the  different  states  of  love,  for  example  bad, 
true,  and  so  forth. 

272.  If  a  blue  vein  shows  plainly  on  your  nose  when  you 

are  a  baby,  you  will  never  see  your  wedding  clothes 
Blue  Grass 

273.  If  you  see  a  blue-eyed  dog,  your  next  sweetheart  will 

be  whiteheaded Mountains 

274.  If  you  wear  red,  you  will  never  wed ....  Blue  Grass 

275.  If  you  see  a  hen  flying  with  a  red  tail,  you  will  marry 

the  next  person  that  sees  her Mountains 

276.  If  you  find  a  red  ear  of  corn,  you  will  be  married 

within  a  year. 

277.  Count  a  hundred  red  ties;  the  man  who  has  the  one- 

hundredth  on  will  be  your  husband. 

278.  After  you  have  counted  a  hundred  boys  with  red 

neckties,  the  first  boy  you  see  with  a  blue  tie  on, 
you  will  marry;  and  the  first  boy  you  see  with  a 
white  one  on,  you  will  love  first. 

279.  If  a  girl  meets  a  team  of  white  horses  and  then  names 

ten  different  colors  of  ties,  the  last  color  she  sees 
will  be  the  one  on  the  man  that  she  is  going  to 
marry. 

280.  Count  one  hundred  white  horses.    The  first  man  you 

see  thereafter  with  a  red  necktie  you  will  marry. 

281.  Count  one  hundred  gray  horses;  you  will  marry  on 

the  day  you  count  the  last  one. 

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282.  If  you  count  one  hundred  white  horses,  you  will 

marry  before  the  year  is  out. 

283.  Stamp  ten  white  horses;  then  the  first  man  you  see 

with  a  red  necktie  on  is  the  man  you  will  marry. 

284.  After  you  have  counted  forty  gray  horses,  the  next 

man  you  meet  with  a  red  necktie  will  be  your  life 
mate. 

285.  After  you  have  counted  a  hundred  grey  horses,  name 

a  color ;  the  first  man  you  meet  wearing  a  tie  of  the 
same  color  will  be  your  future  husband. 

286.  Count  one  hundred  white  horses  and  one  white  mule. 

The  next  man  you  meet  will  be  your  life  partner. 

287.  Count  ninety-nine  horses  and  a  white  mule;  the  first 

person  you  shake  hands  with  thereafter  you  will 
marry. 

288.  When  you  are  counting  a  hundred  gray  horses,  one 
gray  mule  will  be  equivalent  to  ten  of  that  number. 

289.  If  the  first  corn  silk  that  you  see  in  any  season  is  red, 

you  will  soon  attend  a  wedding.  ( Cf .  the  sign  that 
if  the  first  corn  silk  is  white  you  will  go  to  a  funer- 
al.) 

290.  If  the  first  butterfly  of  the  season  is  a  white  one,  you 

will  go  to  a  wedding  before  the  season  is  over .... 
Central  Kentucky 

291.  If  you  wear  a  yellow  flower,  you  are  jealous. 

292.  If  you  shake  hands  across  the  communion  table,  you 

will  marry Mountains 

293.  If  you  find  an  even  number  of  grains  on  an  ear  of 

corn,  you  will  marry  once  and  have  a  happy  mar- 
riage. 

294.  If  you  find  an  odd  number  of  grains  on  an  ear  of 

corn,  you  will  marry  twice,  both  times  unhappily. 

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295.  Cut  seven  initials  on  the  ground,  put  a  grain  of  corn 

into  every  one,  and  turn  a  hen  loose.  The  one  she 
picks  up  first  shows  whom  you  will  marry. 

296.  If  your  cornbread  is  rough,  your  husband's  face  will 

be  rough. 

297.  If  you  cross  a  street  corner  diagonally,  you  will  not 

be  married  this  year. 

298.  If  you  have  two  crowns,  you  will  cross  the  water  and 

marry  twice. 

299.  A  curly-headed  individual  can  get  anybody  he  wants 

Mountains 

300.  Pluck  the  petals  from  a  daisy,  repeating  as  you  do 

so:  "He  loves  me,  loves  me  not."  The  words  on 
which  the  last  petal  is  plucked  reveal  the  fortune. 

301.  It  is  lucky  to  receive  a  proposal  at  a  dance  and  refuse 

it Western  Kentucky 

302.  Blow  a  dandelion  ball.    The  number  of  seeds  left  in- 

dicates the  number  of  children  you  will  have. 

303.  Blow  a  dandelion  ball.    If  you  drive  away  all  of  the 

seeds  in  one  exhalation,  you  will  be  married. 

304.  The  number  of  seeds  left  on  a  dandelion  ball  when 

you  have  blown  it  once  will  ;be  the  number  of  years 
before  you  are  married. 

305.  If  in  early  spring,  a  young  woman  will  sit  on  the 

ground,  reach  behind  her,  and  pick  up  a  handful 
of  dirt,  she  will  find  in  it  a  hair  the  color  of  her  fu- 
ture husband's. 

306.  If  you  drop  your  dish  cloth,  your  sweetheart  is  com- 

ing. 

307.  If  a  girl  allows  dish-water  to  come  to  the  boiling 

point,  she  will  not  marry  that  year. 

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308.  If  a  dog  follows  you,  encourage  him,  as  he  will  bring 

you  a  handsome  husband Western  Kentucky 

309.  If  you  go  in  one  door  and  out  another,  you  will  catch 

a  new  sweetheart.  . . Central  Kentucky 

310.  The  direction  of  the  first  turtle-dove  which  you  hear 

in  the  spring  is  the  direction  of  your  sweetheart .  . . 
Mountains 

311.  If  when  you  hear  the  first  turtle-dove  of  the  season 

you  turn  around  three  times  on  your  heel  and  then 
look  into  the  heel  of  your  stocking,  you  will  find  a 
hair  the  color  of  your  future  mate's ....  Mountains 

312.  If  you  are  the  first  to  sleep  under  a  new  quilt,  the 

hero  or  heroine  of  your  dream  will  be  your  partner 
in  matrimony Southern  Kentucky 

313.  If  you  dream  of  a  coffin,  you  will  marry  rich  but  die 

soon  after. 

314.  If  you  dream  that  you  cry,  you  will  be  married  with- 

in a  year. 

315.  To  dream  of  dates  is  a  sign  that  you  will  break  your 

betrothal. 

316.  A  dream  of  death  is  a  sign  of  a  wedding. 

317.  If  with  the  dream  bone  of  a  hog  under  your  pillow 

you  dream  of  a  person  of  the  opposite  sex,  you 
will  marry  him. 

318.  To  dream  of  a  horse  is  a  sign  that  you  are  loved  by 

one  person  alone Mountains 

319.  If  you  dream  that  you  kiss  somebody,  you  will  be 

disappointed  in  love. 

320.  If  you  dream  that  a  log  (or  a  plank)  falls  out  of  your 

house,  you  will  lose  your  married  partner.  If  you 
dream  that  some  one  puts  or  helps  put  it  back,  you 
will  marry  that  person Mountains 

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321.  If  a  girl  dreams  in  church  that  she  nods  towards  the 

minister,  she  will  marry  a  young  parson 

Western  Kentucky 

322.  To  dream  of  money  is  a  sign  of  marriage. 

323.  If  a  girl  dreams  that  she  eats  a  pickle,  an  old  bachelor 

will  kiss  her. Western  Kentucky 

324.  If  a  young  man  dreams  that  he  eats  a  pickle,  he  will 

be  beloved  by  a  woman  older  than  he  is  and  of  a 
sour  temper Western  Kentucky 

325.  If  you  dream  of  old  shoes,  someone  will  take  your 

sweetheart  away  from  you Mountains 

326.  If  you  dream  of  a  wedding,  you  will  never  marry. 

327.  If  you  get  the  front  of  your  dress  wet  while  wash- 

ing your  clothes,  your  husband  will  be  a  drunkard. 

328.  If  your  dress  is  turned  up  on  the  right  side,  your 

sweetheart  loves  you Mountains 

329.  If  your  dress  is  turned  up  on  the  left  side,  your  be- 

loved dislikes  you Mountains 

330.  If  you  swallow  a  wild  duck's  heart,  you  will  get  the 

person  that  you  desire. 

331.  If  your  ears  burn,  name  each  one  for  people  of  the 

opposite  sex;  the  one  which  ceases  to  burn  first 

shows  the  one  who  loves  you  the  better 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

332.  If  your  left  ear  burns,  your  lover  is  thinking  of 

you North-eastern  Kentucky 

333.  If  you  boil  an  egg,  remove  the  yolk,  fill  it  with  salt, 

and  eat  it  just  before  going  to  sleep,  the  man  that 
brings  you  a  cup  of  water  in  your  dream  you  will 
marry.  If  the  cup  is  of  gold,  you  will  be  wealthy; 
if  of  tin,  very  poor. 

334.  Place  an  egg  in  front  of  an  open  fire  at  night  and  sit 

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in  front  of  it  without  speaking.  Your  future  mate 
will  come  in  and  turn  the  egg  when  it  is  hot. 

335.  If  someone  tells  you  his  right  eye  itches  and  you  do 

not  pass  the  statement  on,  you  will  never  marry . . 
Western  Kentucky 

336.  A  quivering  or  twitching  of  the  eye  is  a  sign  that 

your  lover  is  thinking  of  you. 

337.  Take  an  eyelash,  name  your  lover,  and  then  blow  the 

lash  away.  If  you  do  not  see  the  eyelash  any  more, 
your  sweetheart  loves  you. 

338.  Pull  an  eyelash  out  and  hold  it  between  the  thumb 

and  the  first  finger.  Let  one  person  name  the 
thumb  and  another  the  finger.  Open  them.  The 
one  that  the  eyelash  sticks  to  has  the  name  of  the 
one  that  loves  you. 

339.  If  you  go  to  the  joining  place  of  three  farms,  you 

will  meet  the  person  you  are  to  marry . .  Mountains 

340.  If  you  find  a  crooked  feather  in  your  hair,  your  hus- 

band will  be  a  humpback Mountains 

341.  If  you  crook  your  little  finger  while  holding  a  cup, 

you  will  never  be  married. 

342.  The  number  of  times  you  can  pop  your  fingers  shows 

the  number  of  sweethearts  that  you  will  have 

Central  Kentucky 

343.  Anyone  who  can  make  the  first  and  fourth  fingers 

touch  over  the  backs  of  the  others  may  marry  any- 
one he  chooses. 

344.  If  you  can  cross  your  forefinger  and  little  finger  over 

your  other  fingers,  you  can  get  whom  you  please 
and  please  whom  you  get. 

345.  Name  a  lighted  fire.    If  it  burns,  the  person  named 

loves  you. 

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346.  If  you  can  make  a  good  fire,  you  will  make  a  good 

husband  or  wife. 

347.  The  man  or  woman  that  can  not  make  a  good  fire 

will  not  get  a  good  wife  or  husband. 

348.  If  your  fire  fails  to  burn,  your  lover  is  not  busy. 

349.  If  a  fire  that  a  girl  makes  goes  out,  her  sweetheart  is 

thinking  of  her. 

350.  If  a  girl  builds  a  good  fire,  her  sweetheart  loves  her. 

351.  If  the  first  of  a  family  to  marry  marries  well,  the  rest 

will  marry  well,  but  if  the  first  marriage  is  a  poor 
one  the  rest  will  be  poor. 

352.  While  you  are  fishing,  name  the  worm.    If  you  catch 

a  fish,  your  lover  is  true. 

353.  If  a  girl  spills  flour  while  she  is  baking,  her  husband 

will  be  a  drunkard. 

354.  In  pinning  a  bouquet  on,  if  you  put  the  flowers  ac- 

cidentally upside  down,  you  wish  to  be  married. 

355.  If  you  wear  a  flower  with  the  stem  up,  you  are  en- 

gaged   Blue  Grass 

356.  When  a  boy  wears  a  flower  to  school,  he  is  hunting 

a  girl. 

357.  Certain  crosses   of   stone,   found  in  the   Kentucky 

mountains,  are  thought  to  have  been  tears  shed  by 
the  fairies  when  they  learned  of  Christ's  crucifixion. 
The  cross  brings  good  luck,  especially  for  lovers .  . 
Mountains 

358.  If  two  forks  are  placed  at  your  plate,  you  will  hear 

of  a  wedding Mountains 

359.  If  a  woman  gets  two  forks  at  her  plate,  she  will  have 

two  husbands. 

360.  If  you  have  two  forks  at  your  plate,  someone  will 

take  your  girl  away  from  you Mountains 

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361.  Put  the  web  of  a  goose's  foot  into  the  beverage  of  a 

girl  whom  you  would  have  love  you ....  Mountains 

362.  If  a  child  is  held  down  by  a  hair  across  his  nose,  the 

first  word  he  says  will  be  the  first  word  he  will  say 
after  his  marriage. 

363.  Pull  a  hair  through  the  fingers.     It  will  curl.     In 

whatever  direction  the  hair  points,  your  sweetheart 
lives Western  Kentucky 

364.  If  a  man  to  whom  you  give  a  hair  from  your  head 

holds  it  between  his  thumb  and  his  first  finger,  the 
first  word  he  says  will  be  the  first  word  that  he  ut- 
ters to  his  wife Mountains 

365.  A  hair  found  in  the  heel  of  your  stocking  will  have 

the  color  of  that  of  your  future  husband. 

366.  If  you  pull  a  hair  out  of  a  girl's  head,  she  will  love 

you. 

367.  Pull  a  hair  from  the  head  of  a  boy  whom  you  wish 

to  love  you.  If  you  bury  his  hair  along  with  one  of 
yours,  he  will  love  you  forever. 

368.  If  you  sew  a  lock  of  your  hair  in  the  hem  of  a  bride's 

dress,  you  will  be  married  before  a  year  has  passed. 

369.  If  you  wear  a  lock  of  your  sweetheart's  hair  in  your 

hat,  he  will  love  no  other. 

370.  If  someone  takes  the  combings  from  the  comb  after 

you  have  combed  your  hair,  she  will  get  your  sweet- 
heart. 

371.  To  find  a  hairpin  is  a  sign  that  you  will  find  a  lover. 

372.  When  you  find  a  hairpin,  hang  it  up  and  name  it  a 

color.  The  first  boy  you  pass  wearing  a  tie  of  this 
color  will  be  your  husband Blue  Grass 

373.  Hang  up  a  hairpin  which  you  have  found  and  name 

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it  for  a  friend.     If  anyone  takes  it  before  the 
week-end,  she  takes  the  friend Blue  Grass 

374.  If  you  wear  in  your  shoe  a  hairpin  which  you  have 

found  in  the  road,  the  first  man  you  meet  with  a 
red  tie  on  will  be  your  future  husband. 

375.  If  a  girl  finds  a  hairpin  and  keeps  it  six  months,  she 

will  have  a  proposal  at  the  end  of  that  time. 

376.  On  Hallowe'en  name  an  apple  that  hangs  by  a  string. 

If  you  can  bite  it,  you  are  beloved  by  the  person 
that  you  have  named. 

377.  On  Hallowe'en,  he  who  can  bite  an  apple  by  bobbing 

for  it  will  marry. 

378.  If  you  walk  in  a  grave-yard  on  Hallowe'en,  you  will 

see  your  future  husband  or  wife. 

379.  Look  into  a  mirror  at  midnight  on  Hallowe'en  to 

see  your  intended. 

380.  On  Hallowe'en  look  into  a  mirror  on  the  cellar  steps 

to  see  the  person  that  you  are  to  marry. 

381.  Make  a  lover's  knot  of  a  handkerchief  and  pull  the 

ends.    The  end  that  stays  in  most  tightly  shows  the 
one  that  loves  you  the  most Blue  Grass 

382.  The  accidental  crossing  of  hands  as  four  people  shake 

hands  means  that  one  of  them  will  marry  soon. 

383.  If  four  people  cross  hands,  the  youngest  will  marry 

first. 

384.  If  you  have  the  letter  M  in  your  hand,  you  will  marry 

rich North-eastern   Kentucky 

385.  If  you  hear  a  hawk  calling,  your  sweetheart  is  near 

Mountains 

386.  If  a  girl  puts  on  a  man's  hat  at  night  when  she  hears 

a  mocking-bird,  she  will  marry  that  year  and  have 
good  luck North-eastern  Kentucky 

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387.  If  you  stand  on  your  right  heel  and  turn  around 

three  times,  you  may  find  in  the  hole  a  hair  like 
that  of  your  future  mate Mountains 

388.  If  anyone  steps  on  the  heel  of  your  shoe,  the  person 

doing  this  is  trying  to  get  your  sweetheart. 

389.  If  anyone  steps  on  your  heel,  you  will  not  be  mar- 

ried for  seven  years. 

390.  If  you  step  upon  a  person's  heel  unwittingly,  you 

will  dance  at  that  person's  wedding. 

391.  If  you  can  turn  a  hoecake  without  breaking  it,  you 

are  ready  to  marry Mountains 

392.  Name  two  hog  bristles  on  a  hot  shovel.    If  they  turn 

toward  each  other,  the  persons  named  will  marry 
each  other. 

393.  Name  holly  leaves  that  you  throw  into  the  fire.    The 

one  that  pops  first  has  the  name  of  the  one  that 
loves  you  best Mountains 

394.  The  number  of  nails  in  a  horseshoe  which  you  pick 

up  will  be  the  number  of  years  before  you  will  be 
married Blue  Grass 

395.  The  number  of  years  before  you  marry  may  be  reck- 

oned by  the  number  of  nails  that  remain  in  a  horse- 
shoe after  you  have  thrown  it  over  your  left  shoul- 
der  Blue  Grass 

396.  Go  to  a  deserted  house  at  midnight  and  light  a  can- 

dle; then  place  a  pin  in  the  candle.    When  the  pin 

falls  out,  your  future  husband  will  appear 

Mountains 

397.  If  you  accidentally  eat  an  insect,  you  will  marry 

within  a  year Mountains 

398.  If  an  insect  lights  on  you,  your  sweetheart  is  talking 

unkindly  about  you Mountains 

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399.  If  you  kiss  your  sweetheart  over  the  back  gate,  you 

never  will  kiss  him  again. 

400.  An  upsidedown  kiss  (that  is,  a  kiss  in  which  one  leans 

over  the  chair  in  which  the  other  is  seated)  is  un- 
lucky. 

401.  If  you  kiss  a  girl  on  the  nose,  you  will  cause  trouble 

Western  Kentucky 

402.  Never  kiss  a  girl  behind  the  ear;  it  brings  bad  luck 

Northern  Kentucky 

403.  Do  not  let  your  beau  kiss  you  in  a  buggy,  for  horses 

carry  tails  (tales). 

404.  If  you  find  two  knives  at  your  seat,  there  will  be  a 

wedding  within  a  week. 

405.  If  a  man  gets  two  knives  at  his  plate,  he  is  going  to 

have  two  wives. 

406.  If  someone  climbs  a  ladder  and  cannot  go  farther 

count  the  number  of  steps  ahead;  that  will  be  the 
number  of  years  until  he  marries. 

407.  Write  the  names  of  a  boy  and  a  girl.    Strike  out  the 

common  letters.  Name  over  the  words  "love"  and 
"marriage,"  on  the  remaining  letters. 

408.  Write  the  names  of  a  boy  and  of  a  girl.    Strike  out 

the  common  letters.  Name  over  the  words,  "love," 
"friendship,"  "hatred,"  "marriage,"  on  the  remain- 
ing letters. 

409.  If  you  find  a  lilac  blossom  with  five  petals  and  swal- 

low it,  you  can  marry  anyone  that  you  desire. . .  . 
Western  Kentucky 

410.  Put  a  love  vine  on  a  bush  and  name  it.    If  it  grows, 

the  person  loves  you Mountains 

411.  If  you  can  tie  a  love  vine,  your  sweetheart  is  think- 

ing of  you Mountains 

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412.  A  maid  says,  "If  I'm  not  going  to  marry  anybody, 

knock,  Death,  knock."  If  she  hears  nothing  she 
says,  "If  I'm  going  to  marry  a  young  man,  whistle, 
bird,  whistle!"  If  her  appeal  remains  unanswered, 
she  says,  "If  I'm  going  to  marry  an  old  man,  hoot, 
owl,  hoot !" Mountains 

413.  Burn  a  match  on  one  end  and  hold  the  burnt  end 

down,  catch  it,  and  let  the  other  end  burn.  If  the 
match  does  not  break,  your  sweetheart  loves  you. 

414.  Name  a  lighted  match.    If  it  burns  to  the  end  with- 

out breaking,  the  person  loves  you.  If  it  breaks  in 
the  middle,  you  will  marry  him. 

415.  Light  a  match  and  put  the  end  of  it  on  a  stove  or 

something  similar.  When  it  burns  out,  the  direc- 
tion in  which  it  falls  is  the  direction  of  your  lover 
Mountains 

416.  If  you  find  a  four-leaved  clover  on  May  first,  you 

can  get  whatever  you  want ....  Western  Kentucky 

417.  If  one  goes  fishing  on  the  first  day  of  May,  the  num- 

ber of  fish  caught  will  be  the  number  of  sweethearts 
one  will  have Mountains 

418.  Hold  a  mirror  over  a  spring  early  in  the  morning  of 

the  first  of  May;  you  will  see  your  future  sweet- 
heart's face  reflected  in  the  water. 

419.  If  on  the  first  morning  in  May  you  take  a  mirror 

and  look  down  into  a  spring  whose  branch  flows 

east,  you  can  see  your  fated  husband  or  wife 

Mountains 

420.  On  the  first  day  of  May,  if  you  lean  over  a  well  and 

hold  a  mirror  so  that  you  can  see  the  bottom  of  the 
well  in  it,  you  will  see  your  future  lover's  face. 

421.  On  May  first,  look  into  an  inverted  mirror  over  a 

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well,  to  see  your  future  husband  or  your  casket;  if 
you  see  your  casket,  you  will  never  marry  at  all. 

422.  On  the  first  morning  in  May,  if  a  girl  goes  out  walk- 

ing and  finds  a  snail  within  its  shell,  she  will  marry 
a  man  with  a  house.  If  she  sees  a  snail  crawling, 
she  will  marry  a  man  without  a  house. 

423.  If  you  find  a  snail  on  the  first  day  of  May,  put  it  on 

a  plank  in  the  sun;  the  letter  it  makes  will  be  the 
initial  of  your  future  husband's  name. 

424.  If  you  find  a  snail  before  sunrise  on  May  first,  and 

place  it  on  a  plate  of  flour  or  meal,  it  will  write  your 
lover's  name  or  initials. 

425.  If  you  look  into  a  well  on  May  Day  you  will  see 

either  a  coffin  or  the  picture  of  the  man  you  will 
marry. 

426.  If  on  May  Day  at  sunrise,  you  look  into  an  open 

well,  you  will  see  the  reflection  of  your  prospective 
wife  or  husband. 

427.  Arise  before  breakfast  without  speaking  a  word  on 

the  first  day  of  May,  get  a  bridle  from  the  barn, 
go  to  the  spring,  and  say:  "Here  is  a  bridle;  where 
is  the  horse  and  rider?"  Repeat  this  three  times. 
Then  there  will  appear  a  man  riding  a  horse  with- 
out a  bridle.  This  will  be  your  destined  husband. 

428.  On  the  first  morning  of  May,  place  a  tumbler  of 

water  in  a  window  at  the  rising  of  the  sun;  let  it 
remain  all  day.  At  sunset,  look  into  the  water. 
If  you  are  to  die  an  old  maid  or  bachelor,  a  coffin 
will  appear  in  the  water Blue  Grass 

429.  If  you  walk  around  a  wheat  field  on  the  first  day  of 

May,  you  will  meet  your  fate. 

430.  If  you  walk  down  steps  backwards  looking  into  a 

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mirror,  you  will  see  your  prospective  husband  or 
wife. 

431.  If  you  look  at  a  mirror  over  someone  else's  shoulder, 

you  will  get  a  sweetheart. 

432.  Sleep  with  a  mirror  under  your  pillow,  to  see  your 

future  husband. 

433.  If  you  sleep  with  a  mirror  under  your  head  for  three 

consecutive  nights,  on  the  third  night  you  will 
dream  of  the  one  you  will  marry. 

434.  If  you  count  nine  stars  every  night  for  nine  nights 

and  put  a  mirror  under  your  pillow  the  last  night, 
you  will  see  in  a  dream  the  one  that  you  are  to 
marry  Mountains 

435.  Name  one  leaf  each  of  mistletoe  for  a  boy  and  a  girl. 

Place  the  leaves  on  a  warm  stove.  If  they  hop 
towards  each  other,  the  two  will  marry;  if  they  do 
not,  there  will  be  no  marriage. 

436.  Put  some  mistletoe  over  a  door.    The  first  man  that 

walks  under  it  will  marry  the  daughter  of  the  house. 

437.  Hang  a  bunch  of  mistletoe  over  a  door ;  the  first  per- 

son of  the  opposite  sex  who  pauses  under  it  will  be 
your  life  partner. 

438.  On  the  first  night  of  a  new  moon,  take  nine  steps 

backward;  then  reach  behind  you  and  pick  up  a 
handful  of  grass  or  anything  that  happens  to  be 
there,  and  put  it  under  your  pillow  that  night. 
The  next  morning  there  will  be  a  hair  there  the 
color  of  your  lover's  hair. 

439.  "New  moon,  true  moon, 

Star  in  the  stream, 

Pray  tell  my  fortune  in  my  dream" ....  Mountains 

440.  "New  moon,  true  moon,  a  franklin  free, 

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If  he  be  a  true  lover,  send  him  unto  me. 
May  I  know  the  color  of  his  hair  and  of  his  eyes, 
And  whether  he  be  witless  or  whether  he  be  wise"   . 
Blue  Grass 

441.  Look  at  a  new  moon  over  your  left  shoulder  and 

make  this  wish: 

"New  moon,  new  moon,  let  me  see 
Who  my  future  husband  is  to  be ; 
The  color  of  his  hair, 
The  clothes  he  is  to  wear, 

And  the  happy  day  he  is  to  wed  me" 

Western  Kentucky 

442.  Bend  a  mullein  stalk  in  the  direction  of  your  sweet- 

heart's home.     If  the  stalk  grows  straight  again, 
he  loves  you. 

443.  White  specks  on  the  finger  nails  show  the  number  of 

presents  you  will  receive. 

444.  If  you  have  a  white  mark  on  your  little  finger  nail, 

you  have  a  sweetheart. 

445.  You  have  as  many  sweethearts  as  there  are  white 

spots  on  your  finger  nails. 

446.  If  you  cut  your  nails  on  Saturday,  you  will  see  your 

sweetheart  on  Sunday. 

447.  If  you  cut  your  finger  nails  on  Sunday,  you  will  see 

your  sweetheart  before  Monday. 

448.  Cut  your  finger  nails  for  nine  straight  Sundays.    On 

the  ninth  Sunday  you  will  eat  dinner  with  the  one 
you  are  going  to  marry. 

449.  If  you  cut  your  nails  for  nine  Sundays,  you  will 

marry  whom  you  desire. 

450.  The  first  initial  you  pick  up  when  eating  noodle-soup 

is  the  initial  of  your  married  partner. 

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451.  If  your  nose  bleeds,  you  are  in  love. 

452.  If  there  is  an  old  maid  in  the  family,  there  will  be 

one  in  the  next  generation. 

453.  If  you  eat  onions  on  Saturday,  you  will  not  see  your 

sweetheart  on  Sunday. 

454.  Fortunes  are  told  by  palmistry. 

455.  Before  retiring,  place  under  your  pillow  slips  con- 

taining the  names  of  three  boys.  Throw  one  slip 
out  when  you  get  into  bed  and  another  the  next 
morning.  The  one  left  under  the  pillow  will  con- 
tain the  name  of  your  destined  mate. 

456.  Before  you  go  to  bed  at  night,  put  some  water  in  a 

pan,  put  each  letter  of  the  alphabet  on  a  piece  of 
paper  into  it,  and  place  it  under  the  bed.  The 
next  day  the  first  letter  on  top  shows  the  one  you 
will  marry. 

457.  Write  the  names  of  admirers  on  slips  of  paper  and 

put  them  into  a  basin  of  water.  The  one  that 
comes  to  the  top  of  the  water  first  will  contain  the 
name  of  the  person  that  you  will  marry. 

458.  Write  the  names  of  three  boys   (or  girls)   on  three 

pieces  of  paper,  wrap  them  in  bread  crumbs,  and 
drop  them  into  a  glass  of  water.  The  one  that 
rises  to  the  top  first  you  will  marry. 

459.  Write  on  separate  pieces  of  paper  the  names   of 

eleven  boys,  put  these  names  into  separate  balls 
of  mud,  and  put  also  one  blank  piece  into  a  ball. 
Drop  the  balls  into  a  bucket  of  water.  The  first 
one  containing  a  name  that  comes  to  the  top  you 
will  know  to  be  the  name  of  the  person  that  you 
are  to  marry.  If  the  blank  piece  comes  to  the  top, 
you  will  not  marry. 

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460.  Write  the  names  of  certain  persons  on  slips  of  paper, 

roll  them  up,  and  drop  them  into  a  pan  of  water. 
The  slip  that  remains  rolled  up  in  the  morning 
contains  the  name  of  the  one  that  you  will  marry. 

461.  If  you  do  not  touch  the  end  of  the  sidewalk  in  your 

walk,  you  will  never  be  married Blue  Grass 

462.  Put  the  first  pea  that  you  find  over  the  door.     The 

first  one  who  comes  in,  provided  he  is  not  a  relative, 
will  be  the  one  that  you  will  marry ....  Mountains 

463.  In  order  to  learn  when  one  will  marry,  let  the  indi- 

vidual take  a  pea  pod  with  nine  peas  in  it  and  place 
it  over  the  door.  The  first  person  of  the  opposite 
sex  and  unmarried  who  enters,  the  individual  will 
marry  within  that  year Mountains 

464.  If  the  first  letter  from  a  boy  to  a  girl  happens  to  be 

written  with  a  pencil,  they  will  not  be  married  to 
each  other. 

465.  If  a  person  eats  pickles,  he  is  in  love. 

466.  If  a  girl  in  love  craves  pickles,  her  love  is  returned .  , 

, Louisville  Negroes 

467.  Your  sweetheart  will  love  you  if  you  will  sleep  with 

his  photograph  under  your  pillow. 

468.  If  you  bury  the  photograph  of  a  person  whom  you 

wish  to  love  you,  along  with  his  hair,  he  will  love 
you. 

469.  If  you  eat  the  point  of  a  piece  of  pie  first,  you  will 

be  an  old  maid. 

470.  If  a  piece  of  pie  is  placed  before  you  at  the  table  with 

the  crust  toward  you,  you  will  be  an  old  maid 

Western  Kentucky 

471.  If  you  take  the  last  piece  of  pie  on  a  plate,  you  will 

get  a  handsome  husband  or  a  beautiful  wife. 

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472.  Push  the  corners  of  a  sofa-pillow  in.     Name  each 

corner.  Strike  the  center  of  the  pillow  sharply 
with  your  fist.  The  corners  that  remain  crushed  in 
indicate  which  of  the  people  love  you. 

473.  If  you  pick  up  a  pin  pointed  toward  you,  you  will 

see  your  sweetheart  that  day. 

474.  If  you  pick  up  a  pin  lying  at  an  angle,  you  will  be 

kissed  by  your  sweetheart Central  Kentucky 

475.  If  you  pick  up  a  pin  with  its  side  toward  you,  you 

will  see  your  sweetheart  that  day. 

476.  If  a  pin  that  is  barely  sticking  into  your  dress  is 

struck  on  the  saying  of  the  letters  of  the  alphabet, 
the  letter  on  which  it  falls  out  is  the  initial  of  your 
intended. 

477.  If  while  you  are  trying  on  a  dress,  a  pin  is  caught  to 

your  petticoat,  you  will  not  marry  that  year 

Blue  Grass 

478.  Open  all  the  doors  and  windows;  stick  nine  pins  in 

a  row  in  the  floor;  pour  water  over  them.  If  a  cat 
comes  in  and  licks  up  the  water,  and  then  if  a  man 
dressed  in  white  or  a  woman  passes  the  door,  you 
will  marry  before  you  die.  If  a  white  coffin  passes 
in  front  of  the  door  you  will  die  unmarried. 

479.  After  you  have  taken  a  newly  made  quilt  from  the 

frame,  toss  a  cat  into  it  to  make  the  quilt  puff  out. 
The  girl  that  the  cat  goes  towards  will  be  married 
first Mountains 

480.  At  a  party  throw  a  cat  into  the  middle  of  a  quilt. 

The  girl  toward  whom  it  goes  will  be  an  old  maid. 

481.  If  you  can  walk  seven  railroad  rails  without  falling 

off,  you  can  marry  anyone  that  you  desire. 

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482.  If  you  walk  seven  railroad  rails  without  speaking, 

you  will  marry  the  first  man  you  meet. 

483.  After  you  have  walked  ten  railroad  rails,  the  first 

girl  you  see  with  eyes  of  which  the  color  is  opposite 
to  your  own  will  be  your  future  wife. 

484.  If  you  walk  eleven  rails  of  a  railroad  track  without 

falling  off,  you  will  marry  the  first  person  of  the 
opposite  sex  whom  you  meet. 

485.  If  you  walk  eighteen  rails  on  a  railroad  track  with- 

out stepping  off,  you  can  get  any  man  that  you 
wish. 

486.  Walk  twenty-one  rails  of  a  railroad  track.     Under 

the  twenty-first  will  be  a  hair  of  the  same  color  as 
that  of  your  destined  husband  or  wife. 

487.  Count  the  number  of  drops  of  rain  from  a  roof  or  the 

like,  to  learn  the  number  of  years  before  you  will 
marry. 

488.  If  it  is  raining,  walk  backward  nine  steps;  then  under 

your  heel  you  will  find  a  hair.    It  will  be  the  color 

of  the  hair  of  the  one  that  you  will  marry 

Southern  Kentucky 

489.  If  it  rains  while  the  sun  is  shining,  turn  over  a  stone, 

to  find  a  hair  the  color  of  that  of  your  destined 
mate. 

490.  When  you  find  sunshine,  rain,  and  rainbow  together, 

look  under  a  stone,  to  find  a  hair  like  that  of  your 
wife  or  husband. 

491.  If  anyone  fails  to  recognize  you,  you  will  be  married. 

492.  Put  names  of  girls  (or  boys)  in  the  corners  and  in 

the  middle  of  a  rectangle.  Let  some  one  write  on 
the  reverse  side  these  words,  "love,"  "hate," 
"court,"  "kiss,"  "marry." 

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493.  If  you  throw  a  kiss  to  a  redbird,  he  will  take  it  to 

your  sweetheart. 

494.  If  you  see  a  redbird,  you  will  see  your  sweetheart 

soon. 

495.  To  hear  a  redbird  singing  is  a  sure  sign  that  you  will 

see  your  sweetheart  before  the  end  of  the  week .... 
Western  Kentucky 

496.  After  you  see  a  redbird,  the  next  person  that  you 

see  will  be  your  sweetheart. 

497.  If  you  eat  nine  redbuds  in  nine  days,  the  ninth  boy 

or  girl  that  you  meet  will  be  your  fate .  .  Mountains 

498.  "Make  a  rhyme, 

You'll  see  your  fellow  before  half-past  nine." 

499.  If  you  say  something  that  rhymes  or  hear  someone 

else  say  it,  kiss  your  hand,  and  you  will  see  your 
sweetheart  in  twenty-four  hours. 

,500.  When  you  accidentally  make  a  rhyme  in  talking, 
count  the  words  in  the  two  rhyming  lines.  The  re- 
sulting number  is  the  number  of  the  letter  of  the 
alphabet  forming  the  initial  letter  of  your  destined 
mate's  last  name. 

501.  After  you  have  accidentally  made  a  rhyme  and  ob- 

tained the  initial  of  your  mate,  count  "first,  last," 
to  learn  whether  it  is  the  initial  of  the  Christian 
name  or  of  the  surname. 

502.  To  put  on  any  one's  engagement  ring  is  a  sure  sign 

that  you  will  never  have  one  of  your  own 

Blue  Grass 

503.  Put  a  ring  on  a  horsehair  and  start  it  knocking.    The 

number  of  clear  knocks  denotes  the  year  and  the 
unclear  knocks  the  months  and  days  before  you  will 
be  married. 

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504.  Get  a  glass  half  full  of  water.     Hold  a  gold  ring 

over  it  with  a  hair.  As  many  times  as  the  ring 
strikes  the  glass,  so  many  years  will  it  be  until  you 
marry. 

505.  Put  a  ring  on  your  finger  and  think  of  a  color.    The 

first  man  you  meet  with  that  color  of  tie  on  is  your 
future  husband. 

506.  If  you  sleep  in  a  ring  that  someone  has  given  you, 

you  love  that  person  better  than  God. 

507.  If  you  turn  nine  set  rings  and  two  signet  rings,  the 

first  man  you  meet  wearing  a  tie  the  color  of  tKe 
stone  in  the  last  ring  turned  will  be  your  future 
husband. 

508.  After  you  have  turned  ten  signet  rings  and  one  dia- 

mond ring,  the  first  boy  with  a  red  tie  on  who  tips 
his  hat  or  cap  to  you  is  your  future  husband. 

509.  Turn  sixteen  diamond  rings  and  one  signet  ring. 

The  first  person  you  meet  and  speak  to  thereafter 
will  be  your  future  lover. 

510.  After  you  have  turned  nineteen  signet  rings,  the  first 

boy  you  meet  with  a  red  necktie  on  you  will  marry. 

511.  Turn  twenty  rings  on  people's  fingers,  and  notice 

the  color  of  the  last  stone.  The  next  boy  you  see 
with  a  tie  on  of  that  color  is  the  boy  that  you  will 
marry. 

512.  After  you  have  turned  a  hundred  set  rings,  the  boy 

that  you  meet  with  a  tie  the  color  of  the  last  stone 
is  your  destined  mate. 

513.  When  you  see  the  first  robin  of  spring,  sit  down  on 

a  rock,  take  off  your  left  stocking,  and  if  you  find 
a  hair  in  it,  your  sweetheart  will  call  to  see  you .... 
Western  Kentucky 

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514.  If  you  run  around  the  house  three  times  and  touch 

the  same  rock  every  time,  you  will  see  your  future 
husband's  hair Mountains 

515.  Take  a  rose  petal  and  name  your  sweetheart.    If  you 

can  make  it  pop,  he  loves  you Blue  Grass 

516.  Wear  the  image  of  St.  Joseph  around  your  neck. 

As  he  is  the  patron  saint  of  marriage,  you  will 
marry  soon.  The  charm  will  not  work  unless  the 
image  is  given  you. 

517.  One  who  turns  salt  over  on  the  table  will  not  marry 

within  a  year. 

518.  Eat  a  thimbleful  of  salt  and  go  to  bed  backwards 

without  drinking.  You  will  dream  of  your  sweet- 
heart's handing  you  a  drink. 

519.  Mix  a  teaspoonful  of  meal  and  a  teaspoonful  of 

water,  then  fry  the  mixture  on  the  shovel,  and  eat 
it.  Go  to  bed  backwards.  The  person  you  dream 
about  is  your  future  husband  or  wife . . .  Mountains 

520.  To  shiver  without  apparent  cause  is  a  sign  that  one 

is  in  love. 

521.  It  causes  bad  luck  for  a  young  man  to  give  his  sweet- 

heart a  pair  of  shoes,  as  she  will  walk  away  from 
him Louisville  Negroes 

522.  If  at  bed-time  you  place  your  shoes  in  the  shape  of 

T  and  do  not  speak  again  before  falling  asleep, 
you  will  see  the  one  that  you  are  to  marry. 

523.  Sleep  with  your  right  shoe  under  your  head  for  three 

nights;  on  the  last  night  you  will  dream  of  your 
future  husband  or  wife Mountains 

524.  Put  your  right  shoe  and  stocking  under  your  head 

and  say : 

"My  right  shoe  and  stocking 

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I  put  under  my  head, 
To  dream  to-night  of  whom  I  am  to  wed, 
The  color  of  his  eyes,  the  color  of  his  hair, 
And  his  every  day  clothes  I  wish  him  to  wear." 
The  one  that  you  dream  of  will  be  your  husband. 
If  you  are  not  to  marry,  you  will  dream  of  a  bur- 
ial   Mountains 

525.  If  your  shoe-string  comes  untied,  your  sweetheart  is 

thinking  of  you. 

526.  If  your  shoe-string  comes  untied,  you  are  thinking 

of  your  sweetheart Louisville  Negro 

527.  If  your  shoe-string  comes  untied,  your  sweetheart  is 

angry  with  you Mountains 

528.  If  your  shoe-string  comes  untied,  your  girl  loves  you 

Mountains 

529.  If  your  shoe-string  comes  untied  and  you  step  on  it, 

you  will  see  your  sweetheart  that  day.  .Mountains 

530.  If  your  skirt  turns  up,  your  sweetheart  is  thinking 

of  you. 

531.  If  the  hem  turns  up  when  you  put  on  your  skirt,  you 

will  have  a  new  sweetheart  soon. 

532.  If  in  walking,  a  girl's  skirt  catches  on  a  branch  of  a 

shrub  or  a  bush,  the  number  of  limbs  from  the  bot- 
tom to  where  it  catches  is  the  number  of  the  initial 
letter  of  the  beau's  name  whom  she  will  "catch." 

533.  If  a  briar  catches  in  your  skirt,  your  beau  still  loves 

you. 

534.  If  a  bramble  catches  on  a  girl's  dress,  a  widower  is  in 

love  with  her North-eastern  Kentucky 

535.  If  a  briar  catches  your  skirt,  your   sweetheart   is 

thinking  of  you. 

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536.  Take  a  skirt,  fold  it,  place  it  under  your  left  arm, 

walk  backward  to  the  bed,  and  repeat: 

"This  is  Friday  (or  any  other  night)  I  go  to  bed 

With  my  skirt  under  my  head. 

I'll  dream  of  the  living  and  the  dead 

And  of  the  one  I  am  to  wed." 

In  silence  place  the  skirt  under  the  pillow,  and  as 

you  dream  so  shall  it  be Mountains 

537.  Three  rings  of  smoke  in  one  day  are  a  sign  of  a 

secret  marriage    Mountains 

538.  To  see  two  snakes  at  once  is  a  sign  of  a  wedding. ,  , 

Mountains 

539.  To  sneeze  before  breakfast  is  a  sign  that  you  will 

see  your  sweetheart  before  Saturday  night. 

540.  "Sneeze  before  you  eat, 

See  your  sweetheart  before  you  sleep." 

541.  To  sneeze  three  times  in  succession  is  a  sign  that  you 

will  never  be  married. 

542.  A  spider  on  the  neck  means  that  you  have  a  secret 

lover Western   Kentucky 

543.  To  spit  on  yourself  is  a  sign  that  you  will  not  be 

married   Mountains 

544.  If  you  spit  on  a  piece  of  burning  wood  that  falls 

down  and  name  it  for  your  sweetheart  when  you 

replace  it,  he  will  come  before  it  burns  out 

Western  Kentucky 

545.  If  two  spoons  are  accidentally  put  into  a  cup,  a  wed- 

ding will  result. 

546.  To  drop  a  table-spoon  is  prophetic  of  your  sweet- 

heart's coming. 

547.  If  a  girl  goes  to  a  spring  that  she  has  never  visited 

before  and  puts  a  rock  from  the  spring  into  the 

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hem  of  her  dress,  she  \vill  marry  the  first  buy  that 
she  crosses  water  with Southern  Kentucky 

548.  Get  a  rock  from  a  spring  where  you  have  never  been 

before;  the  one  over  whose  head  you  can  throw  the 

rock  directly  is  the  one  that  you  will  marry 

Mountains 

549.  Kneel  at  a  spring  on  any  night  at  nine  o'clock,  with 

your  back  to  it  and  repeat: 

"If  I  marry  in  the  spring,  let  me  hear  a  bird  sing" — 

pause. 
"If  I  marry  in  the  fall,  let  me  hear  a  cow  bawl."- 

pause. 
"If  I  don't  marry  at  all,  let  me  hear  my  coffin 

knock." 

One  of  these  requests  will  come  true 

Western  Kentucky 

550.  The  star  under  which  a  person  is  born  influences  his 

life. 

551.  If  a  star  falls,  one  of  your  family  will  be  married 

soon. 

552.  Name  three  stars  in  a  row;  the  one  you  dream  about 

shows  your  fate Western  Kentucky 

553.  If  you  see  the  morning  star  first  over  your  right 

shoulder  for  seven  mornings  in  succession,  you  will 
dream  about  your  future  husband  or  wife. 

554.  If  you  count  seven  stars  for  seven  nights,  the  first 

person  of  the  opposite  sex  that  you  then  shake 
hands  with  will  be  your  future  husband  or  wife. , 
Mountains 

555.  Count  seven  stars  each  night  for  seven  nights;  on 

the  seventh  night  you  will  dream  of  your  future 
husband Western  Kentucky 

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350.  If  you  count  nine  stars  fur  nine  nights,  the  first  boy 
you  shake  hands  with  will  be  the  one  that  you  will 
marry Southern  Kentucky 

557.  Count  thirteen  stars  for  thirteen  nights.     On  the 

thirteenth  night,  the  person  that  you  dream  of  is 
your  future  wife  or  husband Blue  Grass 

558.  If  you  steal  something  to  eat  and  get  caught,  you 

will  beg  after  your  marriage. 

559.  If  you  fall  up  steps,  you  will  not  marry  that  year. 

560.  If  you  bump  into  a  stranger,  you  will  marry  some- 

one whom  you  have  never  met Blue  Grass 

561.  If  you  stumble  up  the  steps,  you  will  not  be  married 

for  seven  years. 

562.  You  can  tell  your  fortune  by  naming  the  corners  of 

a  lump  of  sugar  just  before  putting  it  slowly  into 
your  coffee Blue  Grass 

563.  "Silent  supper."    Several  girls  make  a  fire  and  pre- 

pare a  supper  together,  not  speaking,  and  always 
walking  backwards.  They  place  a  pan  of  water  on 
the  doorstep  and  hang  a  towel  near.  They  sit  at 
the  table  but  do  not  eat  anything.  If  these  condi- 
tions are  observed,  the  future  husbands  of  the  girls 
will  come,  wash,  sit  opposite  them,  and  finally  dis- 
appear. 

564.  After  you  prepare  your  supper  as  in  563,  leave  it 

and  go ;  then  look  back  through  a  crack.  You  will 
see  your  future  husband  at  the  table. 

565.  If  anyone  sweeps  under  you,  you  will  never  be  mar- 

ried. 

566.  If  you  sweep  under  anyone,  you  will  never  be  mar- 

ried. 


KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

567.  Burn  nine  different  kinds  of  switches.    When  the  last 

one  burns,  your  future  husband  will  come  in. 

568.  To  sit  on  a  table  is  a  sign  that  you  wish  to  marry. 

569.  "Sit  on  a  table, 

Marry  when  you  are  able." 

570.  If  you  sit  on  a  kitchen  table,  you  will  never  be  mar- 

ried. 

571.  The  one  that  remains  at  table  longest  will  be  married 

first. 

572.  If  you  sit  on  a  table  with  a  person  of  the  opposite 

sex,  you  will  marry  that  person Blue  Grass 

573.  If  you  sit  on  a  table  under  a  joist  in  the  loft,  you 

will  never  be  married Mountains 

574.  Fortunes  may  be  told  by  interpreting  the  meaning 

of  the  tea-leaves  left  in  a  cup. 

575.  The  presence  of  tea-leaves  in  your  teacup  means  that 

you  will  receive  a  package  in  as  many  days  as  there 
are  tea-leaves Blue  Grass 

576.  Put  the  tea  leaves  from  your  cup  of  tea  on  the  back 

of  your  hand  and  slap  it  with  the  other  hand.  If 
they  fall  from  the  hand  with  one  blow,  you  will 
marry  within  the  year.  If  not,  the  number  of  blows 
it  takes  to  remove  the  leaves  indicates  the  number 
of  years  which  will  elapse  before  your  marriage . . . 
Blue  Grass 

577.  If  your  thread  knots  while  you  are  sewing,  name  it 

for  your  sweetheart.  If  he  loves  you,  it  will  come 
untied. 

578.  If  your  thread  tangles,  your  sweetheart  is  thinking 

of  you. 

579.  If  your  thread  knots  while  you  are  making  a  gar- 

ment, you  will  marry  before  it  wears  out. 

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580.  If  you  can  blow  all  the  seeds  from  a  thistle-ball  at 

one  blow,  you  will  succeed  in  your  undertakings. 

581.  If  you  can  blow  all  the  seeds  off  a  thistle-ball,  your 

sweetheart  loves  you. 

582.  If  a  toad  hops  across  the  road  in  front  of  you,  you 

will  see  your  lover. 

583.  Follow  this  receipt  to  make  love  powders : 

Catch  a  toad,  put  it  under  a  rock,  and  let  it  starve 
to  death.  After  it  has  dried  thoroughly,  beat  it 
into  a  powder,  and  sprinkle  this  powder  on  the  per- 
son whom  you  wish  to  fall  in  love  with  you. 

584.  If  your  great  toe  itches,  you  have  a  dear  lover 

Mountains 

585.  If  you  stump  your  toe  and  kiss  your  thumb  at  the 

same  time,  you  will  see  your  lover. 
"Stump  your  toe, 
Kiss  your  thumb, 
And  see  your  beau." 

586.  A  man  whose  second  toe  is  longer  than  his  great  toe 

will  be  henpecked.     (Compare  1004.) 

587.  When  two  persons  tie  their  toes  together  and  the 

string  breaks,  the  one  with  the  shorter  string  will 
marry  first. 

588.  If  two  persons  tie  their  great  toes  together,  they  will 

marry  the  first  persons  of  the  opposite  sex  with 
whom  they  shake  hands. 

589.  If  you  peel  a  stick  toothbrush,  you  will  offend  your 

lover Southern  Kentucky 

590.  If  when  two  people  are  walking  together  they  pass 

on  opposite  sides  of  a  tree,  post,  or  other  obstacle 
on  the  way,  they  will  never  marry  each  other. 

591.  When  you  see  a  turkey-buzzard  sailing,  say: 

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"Sail,  sail,  lonesome  turkey-buzzard. 
Sail  to  the  east,  sail  to  the  west; 
Sail  to  the  one  that  I  love  best. 
Flap  your  wings  before  you  fly  out  of  sight, 
That  I  may  see  my  sweetheart  before  Saturday 
night" Blue  Grass 

592.  Count  the  number  of  turkey-buzzards  that  you  see 

flying.  The  number  will  be  the  number  of  years 
that  you  will  live. 

593.  If  you  find  twin  peaches,  apples,  cucumbers,  or  the 

like,  you  will  be  married  soon. .  Southern  Kentucky 

594.  If  you  find  a  twin  berry  or  fruit,  sleep  with  it  under 

your  pillow.  The  one  that  you  dream  of  will  be 
your  husband  or  wife Western  Kentucky 

595.  If  you  can  tie  the  tying-vine  into  a  lover's  knot,  you 

can  get  any  one  that  you  desire  as  married  part- 
ner   Mountains 

596.  If  you  raise  an  umbrella  in  the  house,  you  will  not 

be  married. 

597.  If  a  girl  wears  a  wasp  nest  in  her  clothing,  her  lover 

will  love  her  more  deeply Blue  Grass 

598.  Go  to  a  deserted  house,  drop  a  ball  of  yarn,  and 

wind  it  as  you  walk  around  the  house,  saying,  "I 
wind,  who  holds?"  Before  you  have  completed  the 
circuit,  something  or  someone  will  catch  the  yarn 

and  in  some  way  disclose  your  future  mate 

Mountains 

599.  If  you  spill  water  while  you  are  drinking,  your  sweet- 

heart is  thinking  of  you.  .North-eastern  Kentucky 

600.  Dip  a  stick  into  water.    It  it  drops  fewer  than  five 

drops  of  water,  your  sweetheart  loves  you 

Mountains 

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601.  If  you  put  your  finger  into  a  saucer  of  clean  water, 

you  will  marry  a  young  man ;  into  an  empty  saucer, 
you  will  be  an  old  maid;  into  a  saucer  of  soapy 
water,  you  will  marry  a  widower Mountains 

602.  Sleep  on  wedding  cake;  the  person  dreamed  of  is 

your  destined  mate. 

603.  If  you  sleep  on  a  piece  of  wedding  cake  three  nights 

and  dream  of  the  same  person,  you  will  marry  him, 

604.  Sleep  on  a  piece  of  wedding  cake.    Have  six  names 

and  the  word  "stranger"  on  seven  slips  of  paper. 
Take  one  out  each  morning.  The  one  left  shows 
your  fortune. 

605.  If  you  wear  a  wedding  veil  in  a  play,  you  will  never 

be  married. 

606.  If  a  bride  wears  something  of  yours,  you  will  have 

a  proposal  within  a  year. 

607.  If  a  sister  of  the  bride  wears  the  bride's  garter,  she 

will  be  the  next  one  to  be  married  in  that  family, 

608.  If  you  look  into  a  well  at  midnight,  you  will  see  your 

future  husband. 

609.  Tut  your  handkerchief  on  the  growing  wheat  at 

night.  In  the  morning  arise  and  get  the  handker- 
chief before  sunrise.  On  it  you  will  find  the  ini- 
tials of  the  man  or  woman  that  you  will  marry. . . 
Southern  Kentucky 

610.  If  you  are  caught  in  a  whirlwind,  you  will  receive 

an  invitation  to  a  wedding. 

611.  When  two  people  break  a  wish-bone  between  them, 

the  one  that  gets  the  shorter  piece  will  marry  first, 
and  the  one  that  gets  the  longer  one  will  obtain 
whatever  wish  he  may  have  made. 

612.  When  two  people  pull  a  breastbone  of  a  chicken,  the 

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one  getting  the  shorter  piece  will  marry  first,  but 
the  other  will  be  rich. 

613.  When  two  people  break  a  wish-bone  of  a  chicken,  the 

one  that  gets  the  shorter  piece  will  marry  first,  and 
the  one  that  gets  the  longer  piece  will  have  the  bet- 
ter dinner Blue  Grass 

614.  A  sprig  of  yarrow  is  a  good  love  charm. 

615.  If  you  marry  young,  you  will  have  trouble  in  the 

future. 


MAKEIAGE 

616.  "Marry  when  the  year  is  new, 

You  will  always  be  loving,  kind,  and  true." 

617.  Marriage  and  the  months: 

"January,  always  poor. 
February,  wed  once  more. 
March,  splendid  catch. 
April,  happy  match. 
May,  turn  to  hate. 
June,  enviable  fate. 
July,  poorly  mated. 
August,  better  have  waited. 
September,  very  wealthy. 
October,  extremely  healthy. 
November,  quick  undoing. 
December,  Cupid's  wooing." 

618.  Do  not  marry  in  March,  unless  on  the  twenty- 

seventh. 

619.  The  months  of  April,  June,  and  October  are  for- 

tunate months  for  a  wedding Blue  Grass 

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620.  May  is  a  bad  month  for  a  marriage,  especially  the 

fourteenth  of  May. 

621.  If  you  marry  in  June,  your  husband  will  be  good  to 

you Mountains 

622.  June  is  the  month  of  love  and  marriage. 

623.  "Marry  when  June  roses  blow, 

Over  land  and  sea  you'll  go" Mountains 

624.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  marry  on  the  last  day  of  the 

year. 

625.  "Married  on  Monday,  married  for  health, 

Married  on  Tuesday,  married  for  wealth. 
Married  on  Wednesday,  the  best  day  of  all. 
Married  on  Thursday,  married  for  losses. 
Married  on  Friday,  married  for  crosses. 
Married  on  Saturday,  no  luck  at  all." 

626.  Thursday  is  a  fortunate  day  on  which  to  be  married 

Mountains 

627.  Saturday  is  now  a  favorite  day  on  which  to  be  mar- 

ried. 

628.  To  postpone  a  wedding  causes  bad  luck. 

629.  "Married  in  gray,  you'll  go  far  away. 

Married  in  black,  you'll  wish  yourself  back. 
Married  in  brown,  you'll  live  out  of  town. 
Married  in  red,  you'll  wish  yourself  dead. 
Married  in  pearl,  you'll  live  in  a  whirl. 
Married  in  green,  ashamed  to  be  seen. 
Married  in  yellow,  jealous  of  your  fellow. 
Married  in  blue,  he'll  always  be  true. 
Married  in  pink,  your  spirits  will  sink. 
Married  in  white,  you  have  chosen  right." 

630.  "If  you  marry  in  blue,  your  love  will  be  true." 

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631.  "If  you  marry  in  green, 

You'll  always  be  seen." 

632.  "If  you  marry  in  yellow, 

You'll  get  another  fellow." 

633.  It  is  considered  unlucky  for  the  bride  to  wear  red, 

yellow,  or  green. 

634.  Blue  and  white  are  considered  lucky  colors  for  a 

bride. 

635.  If  a  bride  wears  a  pearl,  she  will  shed  tears. 

636.  If  you  marry  in  red,  your  husband  will  die. 

637.  A  bad  dream  on  the  eve  of  her  wedding  is  unlucky 

for  a  bride Central  Kentucky 

638.  A  bride  must  not  ride  a  horse  to  a  wedding  nor  a 

bride-groom  a  mare Central  Kentucky 

639.  A  bride  should  not  ride  a  gray  steed — by  no  means 

a  gray  horse  and  not  even  a  gray  mare 

Central  Kentucky 

640.  A  bride  should  ride  a  black  mare  to  the  wedding 

rather  than  any  other  steed Central  Kentucky 

641.  To  go  through  a  spider  web  brings  good  luck  to  a 

bride. 

642.  The  bride  who  finds  a  spider  on  her  wedding  dress 

may  consider  herself  blessed. 

643.  The  bride  who  marries  on  a  rainy  day  will  have  a 

stormy  married  life. 

644.  Rain  on  the  wedding  day  means  just  as  many  tears 

for  the  bride. 

645.  If  it  rains  on  your  wedding  day,  you  will  have  to 

scratch  for  your  living Southern  Kentucky 

646.  "Happy  is  the  bride  the  sun  shines  on, 

Tears  for  the  bride  the  rain  falls  on." 

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647.  If  rain  falls  on  the  wedding  day,  the  bride  will  be  a 

bad  housekeeper Mountains 

648.  An  especially  bad  thunderstorm  during  a  wedding 

means  an  unhappy  married  life. 

649.  If  it  rains  on  your  wedding  night,  you  will  shed  as 

many  tears  as  there  are  drops  of  rain 

Louisville  Negroes 

650.  If  it  rains  the  day  before  your  wedding  day,  the 

bridegroom  will  weep  as  many  tears  as  there  are 
raindrops. 

651.  Rain  on  the  day  after  marriage  means  many  sorrows 

for  the  bride Negroes 

652.  Snow  falling  on  the  wedding  day  is  a  prophecy  of 

great  happiness. 

653.  Snow  on  the  wedding  day  brings  money. 

654.  The  marriage  will  be  unhappy  if  the  bride  is  seen  by 

her  fiance  an  hour  before  the  wedding. 

655.  It  brings  good  luck  for  a  bride  to  weep  on  her  wed- 

ding day. 

656.  It  is  lucky  to  be  married  in  the  full  of  the  moon. . . 

Western  Kentucky 

657.  A  bride  must  not  see  the  groom  on  her  wedding  day 

until  the  wedding. 

658.  If  a  bride-to-be  gets  to  the  altar  before  the  groom, 

the  love  is  mostly  on  the  bride's  side. 

659.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  have  peacock  feathers  in  a  room 

when  a  wedding  takes  place. 

660.  If  a  bat  flies  into  a  church  during  a  wedding  cere- 

mony, very  bad  luck  will  follow. 

661.  A  bride  should  wear  "something  old,  something  new, 

something  borrowed,  something  blue,  and  a  four- 
leaved  clover  in  the  heel  of  her  shoe." 

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662.  Money  in  the  heel  of  the  bride's  left  shoe  insures 

wealth. 

663.  If  a  bride  goes  to  the  altar  with  salt  in  her  pocket, 

she  will  always  be  happy Blue  Grass 

664.  It  brings  good  luck  for  a  bride  to  carry  another 

bride's  handkerchief. 

665.  If  the  bridegroom  carries  a  miniature  horseshoe  in 

his  pocket,  he  will  always  have  good  luck. 

666.  Orange  blossoms  in  wedding  decoration  or  worn  by 

the  bride  bring  good  luck. 

667.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  a  bride  to  make  her  own 

clothes Western  Kentucky 

668.  It  causes  bad  luck  for  the  bride's  dress  to  be  seen  on 

her  until  the  night  of  the  wedding. 

669.  A  bride  should  not  show  her  veil  to  anyone  outside 

of  her  family,  and  she  should  especially  not  try  it 
on  before  anyone. 

670.  To  get  the  wedding  veil  torn  accidentally  is  the  best 

of  luck  to  the  bride. 

671.  A  touch  of  blood  on  the  bride's  dress  indicates  bad 

luck. 

672.  If  you  prick  your  finger  when  sewing  on  a  wedding 

dress,  so  that  a  drop  of  blood  falls  on  it,  the  bride 
will  never  be  married. 

673.  If  while  the  trousseau  is  being  made  a  needle  is 

broken,  this  accident  is  ominous  for  the  bride. 

674.  It  causes  bad  luck  for  a  bride  to  look  into  a  mirror 

as  the  last  act  before  marriage. 

675.  If  a  bride  breaks  a  mirror,  seven  years  of  bad  luck 

are  in  store  for  her. 

676.  Do  not  have  a  mirror  in  a  room  in  which  a  wedding 

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takes  place,  for  the  first  unmarried  woman  who 

sees  her  image  in  it  will  die  soon 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

677.  The  position  before  a  mirror  is  unlucky  for  the  mar- 

ried pair Blue  Grass 

678.  It  is  lucky  for  a  wedding  pair  to  stand  on  a  white 

fur  rug Western  Kentucky 

679.  It  is  unlucky  for  a  wedding  pair  to  stand  so  as  to  face 

across  the  boards  of  the  floor Blue  Grass 

680.  If  a  padlock  is  locked  as  a  couple  are  pronounced 

man  and  wife,  they  will  separate. 

681.  If  you  marry  as  the  hand  of  the  clock  goes  up,  you 

will  rise  in  the  world. 

682.  If  you  marry  as  the  hand  of  the  clock  goes  down, 

you  will  not  succeed  in  the  world. 

683.  Marry  young,  you  marry  trouble. 

684.  To  drop  the  wedding  ring  in  the  service  is  unlucky. 

685.  If  a  physician  witnesses  a  wedding,  someone  present 

will  die  within  a  year. 

686.  It  causes  good  luck  for  the  family  cat  to  be  present 

at  a  wedding Mountains 

687.  The  throwing  of  an  old  shoe  after  the  wedded  pair 

averts  bad  luck  and  malevolent  influences. 

688.  The  throwing  of  rice  after  a  couple  increases  the 

probability  of  their  having  children. 

689.  "A  change  of  name  but  not  of  letter 

Is  a  change  for  the  worse  and  not  for  the  better." 

690.  A  bride  should  remove  her  wedding  ring  to  put  it 

back  on  before  leaving  the  church  and  then  never 
take  it  off  again. 

691.  Do  not  give  a  bride  gold Central  Kentucky 

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692.  The  bride's  bunch  of  roses  is  caught  by  the  one  who 

will  be  the  next  to  marry. 

693.  The  wedding  cake  contains  certain  articles  which  are 

symbolic.  These  articles  are  a  ring,  a  needle  or 
thimble,  bachelor's  buttons,  a  coin,  a  pen,  a  wish- 
bone, a  four-leaved  clover.  These  articles  are  cut 
from  the  cake. 

694.  If  you  lend  something  to  a  bride  or  a  groom,  you  will 

yourself  be  married  the  next  year. 

695.  To  find  anything  belonging  to  a  bride  means  good 

luck. 

696.  Kiss  the  bride  for  good  luck. 

697.  If  you  kiss  a  bride  after  the  ceremony  has  taken  place 

and  before  the  newly-made  husband  has  a  chance 
to  kiss  her,  you  will  have  good  luck  throughout 
the  year. 

698.  If  a  newly-married  couple  both  think  of  the  same 

person  on  their  wedding  day,  that  person  will  be 
the  first  one  to  visit  them Western  Kentucky 

699.  At   an   older   sister's   wedding  the   younger   sister 

should  dance  without  shoes.  Otherwise  there  will 
be  bad  luck. 

700.  If  a  bridesmaid  goes  to  bed  backward  with  her  hand 

over  her  heart,  she  will  be  married  before  the  year 
is  out,  provided  the  first  man  she  sees  in  the  morn- 
ing is  an  old  one. 

701.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  the  bride  and  a  bridegroom  to 

part  the  day  they  are  married. 

702.  The  loss  of  a  wedding  ring  is  thought  a  prediction  of 

a  calamity. 

"As  the  wedding  ring  wears, 

So  wear  away  life's  cares." 

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To  lose  a  wedding  ring  within  the  first  month  of 
marriage  augurs  great  misfortune. 

703.  It  indicates  bad  luck  for  a  bride  to  stumble  at  her 

husband's  door. 

704.  A  bride  who  steps  on  the  threshold  of  her  new 

home  when  entering  it  for  the  first  time  will  never 
have  a  happy  married  life. 

705.  If  a  newly  wedded  pair  take  a  little  meat  and  a  lit- 

tle meal  into  the  house,  they  will  never  want 

Mountains 

706.  Of  a  couple  newly  married,  the  first  one  in  bed  will 

be  the  first  one  to  die Mountains 

707.  There  will  be  no  good  luck  for  the  bride  until  the 

wedding  clothes  are  worn  out. 

DEATH  AND  BURIAL 

708.  If  you  play  at  having  funerals,  one  of  you  will  die 

Mountains 

709.  If  you  wear  anyone's  mourning  gown  or  wrap,  there 

will  be  a  death  in  your  family. 

710.  It  is  bad  luck  to  put  on  or  try  on  a  mourning  veil, 

for  you  will  have  disaster. 

711.  Do  not  put  the  clothes  of  a  living  person  on  a  corpse. 

It  means  death Blue  Grass 

712.  If  you  give  a  pin  to  go  on  a  corpse,  you  will  be  the 

next  to  die Western  Kentucky 

713.  After  a  death  in  the  family,  you  should  not  sing  or 

play  any  kind  of  music Mountains 

714.  If  you  see  a  star  fall,  expect  a  death  in  the  family. . 

Blue  Grass 

715.  If  you  count  the  stars,  you  will  die.     If  lying  on 

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your  back,  you  count  the  stars,  you  will  die 

Southern  Kentucky 

716.  To  see  a  shooting  star  is  a  death  sign. . .  .Mountains 

717.  If  you  shiver  without  apparent  cause,   death  has 

touched  you North-eastern  Kentucky 

718.  When  you  shudder  involuntarily,  it  is  a  sign  that 

someone  is  walking  over  your  grave   (the  ground 
where  your  grave  will  be) Central  Kentucky 

719.  A  noise  as  of  someone  throwing  down  wood  is  a  sign 

of  death Blue  Grass 

720.  If  large  drops  of  rain  fall,  there  is  a  death  somewhere, 

721.  A  storm  precedes  or  follows  the  death  of  a  very  old 

person Central  Kentucky 

722.  He  who  kills  a  man  will  die  with  his  boots  on,  that  is, 

die  a  violent  death Blue  Grass 

723.  If  a  man  kills  another  and  dies  a  natural  death,  the 

killing  was  justified Blue  Grass 

724.  If  a  sick  person  picks  and  catches  at  the  bed  cover- 

ing, he  will  die. 

725.  It  is  a  sign  that  a  death  will  occur  in  the  family,  if 

you  grieve  over  the  death  of  a  pet 

Southern  Kentucky 

726.  The  last  person  whose  name  a  dying  man  calls  will 

be  the  next  one  to  die Mountains 

727.  If  a  person  just  before  death  calls  the  name  of  some- 

one in  the  family,  that  person  will  be  the  next  in 
the  family  to  die. 

728.  Death  leaves  the  door  open,  that  is,  one  death  in  the 

family  will  be  followed  by  another  soon. 

729.  If  a  person  dies,  his  picture  will  fade 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

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730.  If  a  person  is  killed  or  dies  a  hard  death,  his  spirit  is 

seen Central  Kentucky 

731.  If  a  man  dies  hard,  he  will  go  to  hell. . .  .Mountains 

732.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  take  money  off  a  dead  person's 

eye  Mountains 

733.  If  you  are  ever  cut  with  a  razor  that  has  shaved  the 

dead,  you  will  die Mountains 

734.  It  brings  good  luck  to  wear  a  bullet  which  has  gone 

through  a  dead  body Mountains 

735.  If  you  touch  a  corpse,  you  will  not  be  afraid  of  dead 

people   Mountains 

736.  If  you  touch  a  dead  person,  you  will  never  dream  of 

him Blue  Grass 

737.  If  you  touch  the  body  of  a  dead  person,  you  will 

never  worry  about  him. 

738.  No  person  who  touches  a  dead  body  will  be  haunted 

by  its  spirit. 

739.  If  you  touch  a  corpse,  you  will  be  rid  of  the  fear  of 

death. 

740.  Sailors  will  not  touch  a  dead  body. 

741.  Put  a  lock  of  hair  of  a  corpse  into  a  hole  in  a  tree  to 

localize  the  spirit.     If  you  remove  the  hair,  the 
spirit  will  haunt  you. 

742.  All  portraits  in  a  room  where  there  is  a  corpse  should 

be  turned  to  the  wall,  for  otherwise  a  near  relative 
of  the  deceased  will  die  shortly. 

743.  You  will  be  unlucky  if  you  see  a  corpse  in  a  mirror. 

Cover  the  mirror  at  the  time  of  a  death. 

744.  Stop  the  clock  in  the  room  where  a  death  occurs,  to 

avert  bad  luck. 

745.  If  a  corpse's  nose  bleeds,  it  is  a  sign  that  the  mur- 

derer is  in  the  room. 

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746.  If  the  body  of  a  corpse  does  not  become  stiff,  expect 

another  death  in  the  family Negroes 

747.  If  a  corpse  gets  stiff  and  then  limber,  there  will  be 

another  death  in  the  family Negroes 

748.  If  a  corpse  has  a  limber  neck,  this  circumstance  is 

the  sign  of  another  death  in  the  family  soon. 

749.  The  will  o'  the  wisp  indicates  the  proximity  of  a 

corpse. 

750.  Never  allow  the  coffin  containing  a  corpse  to  pass 

through  any  other  room  than  the  one  in  which  it 
has  been  lying.  It  may,  however,  pass  through  a 
hall. 

751.  If  a  corpse  is  carried  from  one  house  to  another, 

death  will  occur  in  the  second  house  within  a  year. 

752.  In  taking  a  casket  from  a  house,  be  sure  to  take  the 

foot  of  it  out  first Western  Kentucky 

753.  It  is  unlucky  to  pass  in  front  of  a  casket. 

754.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  lock  the  door  after  a  funeral 

procession  has  passed  out. 

755.  If  a  vehicle  that  is  to  carry  away  a  corpse  stops  in 

front  of  your  house,  someone  in  the  family  will  die. 

756.  If  you  see  your  reflection  in  the  glass  of  the  hearse, 

you  will  be  the  next  one  to  be  carried  in  it. 

757.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  point  your  finger  at  a  funeral 

procession. 

758.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  cross  a  funeral  procession  un- 

less you  turn  your  back  on  it. 

759.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  count  the  vehicles  in  a  funeral 

procession. 

760.  If  a  horse  becomes  frightened  or  unruly  in  a  funeral 

procession,  one  of  the  family  will  die  before  the 
year  is  out. 

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761.  It  causes  bad  luck  for  a  horse  to  balk  in  a  funeral 

procession. 

762.  If  a  black  cat  crosses  in  front  of  a  funeral  proces- 

sion, there  will  be  a  death  in  the  family  of  the  corpse 
within  three  days. 

763.  It  brings  bad  luck,  if  on  your  way  to  a  funeral  you 

meet  a  lizard. 

764.  A  thunderstorm  during  a  funeral  means  that  the  soul 

will  go  down. 

765.  Very  bad  luck  will  follow  if  a  street-car  runs  into  or 

even  grazes  a  hearse.  This  occurrence  is  a  sure 
sign  that  someone  will  be  injured  before  the  end 
of  the  trip. 

766.  If  you  point  toward  a  grave-yard,  your  finger  will 

drop  off. 

767.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  visit  a  grave-yard  after  dark. 

768.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  one  to  go  through  a  cemetery 

at  midnight. 

769.  If  you  walk  over  a  grave,  your  grandmother  will  die. 

770.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  walk  in  a  funeral 

vault Blue  Grass 

771.  To  meet  a  red-headed  negro  in  a  grave-yard  brings 

good  luck. 

772.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  leave  the  grave-yard  before  the 

body  is  buried Mountains 

773.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  take  anything  away  from  a 

cemetery   Mountains 

774.  If  you  step  over  a  grave,  you  will  be  the  next  one 

buried  in  that  cemetery Mountains 

775.  If  one  of  a  family  dies  and  his  grave  is  started  but 

not  finished,  the  number  of  times  it  is  started  but 

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not  completed  will  mark  the  number  of  those  who 
will  die  within  that  family  in  one  year . .  Mountains 

776.  If  you  dig  a  grave  and  leave  it  open,  or  if  rain  falls 

into  it,  there  will  come  bad  luck  to  a  member  of 
your  family. 

777.  Dig  a  grave  only  on  the  burial  day,  because  a  grave 

left  open  over  night  will  cause  another  death 

Blue  Grass  Negroes 

778.  To  bury  a  corpse  with  the  feet  toward  the  sunset  is 

a  sign  that  the  soul  will  be  lost  at  the  Resurrec- 
tion   Mountains 

779.  Bury  the  body  so  that  it  will  face  the  east. 

780.  If  a  turtle-dove  flies  upward  after  a  death,  the  soul 

of  the  deceased  will  go  to  heaven Mountains 

781.  If  you  are  buried  on  a  rainy  day,  you  will  go  to 

heaven. 

782.  Thunder  after  a  funeral  shows  that  the  spirit  of  the 

deceased  has  gone  to  heaven Mountains 

THE  HUMAN  BODY 

783.  If  you  touch  the  beauty  spot  on  your  face,  you  will 

go  abroad.  Compare  the  Divination  sign  that  if 
you  can  touch  the  beauty  spot  with  your  finger 
your  sweetheart  loves  you. 

784.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  lie  on  your  face  at 

night Western  Kentucky 

785.  If  your  face  burns,  some  one  is  thinking  of  you 

Mountains 

786.  The  number  of  wrinkles  in  the  forehead  shows  the 

number  of  children  you  will  have Mountains 

787.  If  you  join  your  hands  behind  your  head,  someone  in 

your  family  will  be  ill  or  will  die Blue  Grass 

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788.  When  your  nose  itches,  someone  is  coming.    Rub  it 

on  wood,  to  make  the  arrival  certain. 

789.  If  the  nose  itches,  someone  is  coming  to  be  waited 

on. 

790.  If  the  right  side  of  the  nose  itches,  a  man  is  coming; 

if  the  left,  a  woman;  if  the  end  of  the  nose  itches, 
someone  will  come  riding. 

791.  If  your  nose  itches  on  the  end,  expect  a  negro. 

792.  If  the  right  side  of  your  nose  itches,  your  sweetheart 

is  coming. 

793.  "If  your  nose  itches, 

Somebody  is  coming  with  a  hole  in  his  breeches" 
Western  Kentucky 

794.  If  your  nose  itches,  you  will  quarrel  with  someone. 

795.  "If  your  nose  itches, 

Kiss  a  fool,  meet  a  stranger, 
Fall  in  love  or  be  in  danger." 

796.  If  your  nose  itches  when  you  are  away  from  home, 

you  may  know  you  are  wanted  at  home 

Western  Kentucky 

797.  An  itching  nose  is  the  sign  of  money Mountains 

798.  People  with  pointed  noses  interfere  with  the  affairs 

of  others. 

799.  If  your  right  ear  burns  or  is  red,  someone  is  talking 

well  about  you. 

800.  If  your  left  ear  burns  or  is  red,  someone  is  speaking 

ill  of  you. 

801.  If  the  right  ear  burns,  pull  it  nine  times  up,  saying, 

"Talk  up." 

If  the  left  ear  burns,  pull  it  nine  times  down,  saying, 

"Talk  down." 

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802.  If  either  ear  burns,  moisten  the  fingers,  touch  the 

ear,  and  repeat  these  words: 

"Talk  good,  talk  bad.  If  it's  good,  may  good  be- 
tide you.  If  it's  bad,  may  the  devil  ride  you." 

803.  If  your  right  ear  burns,  a  man  is  talking  about  you 

Mountains 

804.  If  your  left  ear  burns,  a  woman  is  talking  about  you 

Mountains 

805.  If  your  ear  burns,  someone  is  talking  about  you. 

Put  saliva  on  it  and  it  will  stop  burning  if  the  re- 
marks are  kind;  it  will  not  stop  burning  if  the  re- 
marks are  unkind Blue  Grass 

806.  "Itching  ear,  a  secret  you'll  hear." 

807.  As  to  the  ear's  burning — 

"If  left  or  right, 
Good  at  night." 

808.  A  burning  ear  is  the  sign  of  someone's  talking  about 

you.  Spit  on  it,  and  you  will  outwit  the  talker. , 
Mountains 

809.  If  your  right  ear  itches,  a  boy  is  going  to  tell  you  a 

secret Central  Kentucky 

810.  If  your  left  ear  itches,  a  girl  will  tell  you  a  secret. . . 

Central  Kentucky 

811.  A  ringing  in  the  ear  foretells  a  death  in  the  family. 

It  is  called  the  death  bell. 

812.  Small  ears  are  marks  of  stinginess. 

813.  Large  ears  signify  generosity. 

814.  Small  ears  set  tight  to  the  head  indicate  a  mean, 

roguish  disposition. 

815.  If  the  ear  is  thin  and  angular,  the  owner  is  bad- 

tempered  and  cruel. 

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816.  If  the  ear  is  long  and  hangs  down,  the  possesser  will 

have  long  life. 

817.  If  you  can  see  the  sunshine  through  a  man's  ears,  he 

is  a  rascal. 

818.  If  your  right  eye  itches,  you  will  get  a  letter. 

819.  If  the  right  eye  itches,  you  will  see  something  pleas- 

ant. 

820.  If  your  right  eye  itches,  you  will  get  money. 

821.  It  indicates  bad  luck  for  the  right  eye  to  itch 

Mountains 

822.  "Itching  left  eye, 

Sign  you'll  cry." 

823.  It  indicates  good  luck  for  the  left  eye  to  itch 

Mountains 

824.  If  your  eye  jerks,  you  may  expect  to  see  someone  un- 

expectedly   Blue  Grass 

825.  If  your  right  eye  twitches,  you  will  cry. 

826.  If  your  eye  bats,  you  will  get  a  whipping .  Blue  Grass 

827.  Clear  eyes  are  the  sign  of  a  clear  conscience. 

828.  Put  jimson-weed  juice  in  your  eye,  to  make  light 

eyes  turn  dark. 

829.  When  a  large  part  of  the  white  of  a  negro's  eye 

shows,  you  may  know  that  you  have  to  do  with  a 
mean  negro. 

830.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  you,  to  see  a  cross-eyed  person. 

831.  Avert  the  bad  luck  produced  by  the  sight  of  a  cross- 

eyed person  by  crossing  your  fingers. 

832.  To  avert  the  bad  luck  that  comes  at  the  sight  of  a 

cross-eyed  person,  cross  your  fingers  and  spit  over 
the  cross. 

833.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  see  a  cross-eyed  negro. 

834.  If  the  first  woman  you  meet  in  the  morning  is  either 

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cross-eyed  or  has  red  hair,  you  will  have  bad  luck 
that  day Western  Kentucky 

835.  Heavy  eye-brows  that  meet  signify  a  deep  mind  on 

the  part  of  the  possessor. 

836.  If  your  eye-brows  meet,  you  will  be  rich. 

837.  A  person  whose  eye-brows  meet  cannot  be  trusted. 

838.  If  your  eye-brows  grow  together  across  your  nose, 

you  will  become  a  murderer. 

839.  Anyone  whose  eye-brows  grow  in  a  straight  line 

across  the  forehead  possesses  a  fiendish  disposition. 

840.  If  the  eye-brows  meet,  the  person  has  a  jealous  na- 

ture. 

841.  If  you  cut  your  eye-lashes,  you  will  be  able  to  see 

the  wind Louisville  Negroes 

842.  The  "evil  eye"  is  supposed  to  have  malevolent  power. 

843.  A  coral  or  jet  hand  with  fingers  clenched  will  keep 

off  the  disaster  threatened  by  an  "evil  eye" 

Blue  Grass 

844.  A  dimple  in  your  chin  is  a  sign  that  Cupid  has 

touched  you. 

"A  dimple  in  your  chin, 

Many  lovers  you  shall  win." 

845.  Beware  of  the  girl  with  a  dimple  in  her  chin. 

846.  Place  the  hand  over  the  mouth  when  you  are  yawn- 

ing, to  keep  the  evil  spirits  from  entering. 

847.  A  large-mouthed  girl  has  a  large  womb . .  Mountains 

848.  A  fever  blister  is  a  sign  that  you  have  been  kissed. 

849.  If  your  lip  itches,  you  will  kiss  an  older  person. 

850.  When  the  upper  lip  itches,  it  will  be  kissed  by  a  tall 

person North-eastern  Kentucky 

851.  When  the  lower  lip  itches,  it  will  be  kissed  by  a  short 

person North-eastern  Kentucky 

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852.  If  your  lip  itches,  some  one  is  coming  with  a  mus- 

tache. 

853.  If  you  bite  the  apple  off  to  use  as  bait  in  a  dead  fall, 

you  will  catch  a  rabbit. 

854.  A  blister  or  sore  place  on  your  tongue  is  a  sign  that 

you  have  told  a  lie. 

855.  If  you  bite  your  tongue  in  speaking,  the  next  state- 

ment probably  would  have  been  a  lie 

Southern  Kentucky 

856.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  count  your  teeth. 

857.  If  you  throw  away  a  tooth  and  an  animal  finds  it, 

your  new  tooth  will  be  like  a  tooth  of  that  animal. 

858.  If  a  dog  steps  on  your  pulled  tooth,  you  will  have  a 

dog  tooth. 

859.  If  you  do  not  put  your  tongue  into  the  place  of  a 

vacant  tooth,  a  gold  tooth  will  grow  there. 

860.  If  you  lose  a  tooth  and  put  your  tongue  into  the 

cavity,  you  will  not  have  a  tooth  to  come  in. 

861.  After  a  tooth  is  pulled,  if  you  will  swallow  a  bubble 
from  milk,  a  gold  tooth  will  come. 

862.  When  the  juice  stays  in  one's  teeth  after  he  chews 

tobacco,  good  luck  will  follow Mountains 

863.  If  you  put  a  tooth  that  has  been  pulled  under  your 

pillow  on  the  same  night,  you  will  have  good  luck. 

864.  It  brings  good  luck  to  carry  a  back  jaw-tooth  from 

the  upper  right  side  of  the  mouth Mountains 

865.  If  your  teeth  grow  wide  apart,  you  will  be  a  traveler, 

866.  Teeth  far  apart  in  front  are  a  sign  of  the  owner's 

being  separated  from  home  and  friends. 

867.  You  will  have  good  luck,  if  you  carry  your  wisdom 

tooth  with  you Blue  Grass 

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868.  If  you  cut  your  wisdom  teeth  before  you  are  twenty 

years  old,  you  will  not  live  long Mountains 

869.  Some  people  cut  three  sets  of  teeth. 

870.  If  you  comb  your  hair  after  night-fall,  you  will  get 

a  whipping. 

871.  To  comb  hair  after  dark  brings  sorrow  to  the  heart. 

872.  If  you  comb  your  hair  at  night,  you  will  dream  of  the 

devil Mountains 

873.  To  comb  your  hair  after  sunset  will  make  you  for- 

getful   Southern  Kentucky 

874.  If  two  people  comb  each  other's  hair,  the  mother  of 

the  younger  will  die. 

875.  If  two  people  comb  anyone's  hair  at  the  same  time, 

the  younger  of  the  two  will  die. 

876.  If  you  let  two  persons  comb  your  hair  at  the  same 

time,  you  will  die. 

877.  If  someone  begins  to  comb  your  hair  and  you  finish 

the  process  yourself,  bad  luck  will  ensue 

Central  Kentucky 

878.  If  you  comb  your  hair  with  a  comb  in  which  someone 

else  has  left  some  hairs,  you  will  die  before  she 
does Central  Kentucky 

879.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  comb  your  hair  in  front  of  a 

looking-glass  at  night. 

880.  If  you  bury  the  combings  of  your  hair  under  running 

water,  your  hair  will  grow  as  rapidly  as  the  stream 
runs  Mountains 

881.  If  a  bright  flame  is  produced  from  the  combings  of 

your  hair  thrown  into  the  fire,  you  will  have  good 
health. 

882.  If  the  fire  smoulders  after  you  throw  your  hair  into 

it,  your  death  is  approaching. 

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883.  Wrap  the  palate  lock  on  the  crown  of  the  head,  to 

keep  the  palate  from  falling. 

884.  Tangles  in  your  hair  show  that  witches  have  been 

riding  you. 

885.  Tangles  in  your  hair  show  that  the  rats  have  slept 
in  it Mountains 

886.  If  your  hair  is  ruffled,  mice  have  been  playing  in  it ,  . 

Blue  Grass 

887.  To  find  a  hair  in  the  mouth  is  a  sign  that  you  will 

kiss  a  fool. 

888.  If  you  hold  a  lock  of  your  lover's  hair,  he  will  always 

be  true  to  you. 

889.  If  you  plant  some  of  your  hair  in  the  ground  and  it 

grows,  you  will  die ....  Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

890.  You  will  have  good  luck,  if  you  rub  your  hands 

through  the  hair  of  a  negro. 

891.  If  a  straight-haired  negro's  head  is  touched  by  a 

kinky-haired  one,  the  hair  of  one  of  them  will  come 
out Louisville  Negroes 

892.  If  you  cut  a  lock  of  your  hair  out  and  put  it  under 

a  rock,  it  will  bring  you  good  luck Mountains 

893.  Your  hair  will  grow  well  if  when  it  is  cut  you  place 

some  of  it  under  a  rock. 

894.  If  a  grandmother  takes  a  lock  of  a  little  girl's  hair 

and  fastens  it  in  the  bark  of  a  tree  in  her  orchard, 
the  child's  hair  will  grow  to  be  as  long  as  the  height 
at  which  the  hair  is  fastened ....  Central  Kentucky 

895.  Place  a  lock  of  your  enemy's  hair  in  running  water, 

to  make  him  lose  his  mind ....  Blue  Grass  Negroes 

896.  If  you  place  a  lock  of  your  enemy's  hair  under  your 

doorstep,  he  will  be  unable  to  keep  away  from  your 
home Blue  Grass  Negroes 

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897.  To  find  a  feather  in  your  head  is  a  sign  that  you  will 

get  a  whipping Mountains 

898.  If  a  feather  is  in  your  hair,  there  is  a  letter  in  the 

Post  Office  for  you. 

899.  If  you  pull  out  a  white  hair,  two  or  three  or  ten  will 

grow  in  its  place  (according  to  various  versions  of 
this  superstition). 

900.  If  your  head  itches,  you  already  have  company 

Mountains 

901.  To  test  a  girl's  disposition,  stretch  a  strand  of  her 

hair.     If  it  curls  up,  she  is  high-tempered.     The 

tighter  the  curl,  the  worse  is  her  temper 

Central  Kentucky 

902.  A  negro  with  fine,  straight  hair  is  sure  to  be  vicious 

Central  Kentucky 

903.  Men  with  fine,  light  hair  are  intelligent  and  con- 

ceited. If  they  do  not  marry  until  late  in  life,  they 
are  likely  to  be  selfish. 

904.  Men  with  fine  brown  hair,  light  or  dark,  make  the 

best  husbands.  They  are  quick,  thoughtful,  and 
less  likely  to  be  selfish  than  extremely  light-haired 
or  extremely  dark-haired  men. 

905.  Men  whose  hair  turns  gray  prematurely  are  nearly 

always  good  fellows.  They  are  nervous,  but  are 
brainy,  sympathetic,  and  honorable. 

906.  Women  with  pale  blond  hair,  or  the  ashy  kind,  are 

impulsive,  loving,  fickle.  They  can  not  be  depend- 
ed on,  but  they  make  good  companions. 

9Q7.  Women  with  dark  brown  hair  are  very  loyal.  They 
are  full  of  sentiment  and  easily  affected.  They  en- 
joy keenly  and  suffer  in  proportion. 

908.  Women   with   fine   black   hair   are   highly   strung. 

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Those  with  coarse  black  hair  are  nearly  always  ill- 
tempered. 

909.  All  women  with  dark  hair  are  more  tempestuous  than 

those  with  light  hair.  The  dark  eyes  and  complex- 
ions that  go  with  dark  hair  denote  strong  feeling. 
Dark-haired  women  are  more  faithful  than  light- 
haired  women. 

910.  If  a  woman's  hair  grows  in  a  widow's  peak  on  the 

forehead,  she  is  a  woman  of  charm 

Central  Kentucky 

911.  Red  hair  is  a  sign  of  a  fiery  temper. 

912.  A  person's  hair  may  turn  white  from  fright. 

918.  If  you  have  two  crowns,  you  will  live  under  two 
governments. 

914.  If  you  have  a  double  crown,  you  will  not  live  long. . . 

Blue  Grass 

915.  To  make  yourself  think  clearly,  put  something  on 

your  head;  for  example,  a  ring  or  a  bracelet. 

916.  A  hair  on  your  shoulder  is  the  sign  of  a  letter 

Western  Kentucky 

917.  A  wart  on  the  neck  shows  that  you  will  be  hanged. . 

Mountains 

918.  If  the  left  palm  itches,  you  will  receive  money. 

919.  When  the  palm  itches, 

"Scratch  it  on  wood, 
It's  sure  to  come  good." 

920.  Cold  hands  mean  a  warm  heart. 

921.  Put  the  hand  of  a  sleeper  into  water.    He  will  then 

tell  his  secrets  or  the  name  of  his  sweetheart. 

922.  If  you  put  the  hands  of  a  sleeping  person  into  muddy 

water,  he  will  answer  any  question  that  you  ask  him, 

923.  Hold  your  hands  down  awhile;  if  you  have  had 

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measles,  you  can  see  the  marks  in  your  hands 

Mountains 

924.  If  four  people  accidentally  cross  their  hands  in  shak- 

ing hands,  they  will  have  good  luck. 

925.  If  the  hair  on  the  back  of  your  hands  grows  long, 

you  will  be  rich. 

926.  Back-handed  writing  shows  a  sly  nature. 

927.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  put  a  worm  on  a  hook  with  the 

left  hand Mountains 

928.  If  you  wear  a  thimble  on  the  left  hand,  you  will  be 

an  old  maid North-eastern  Kentucky 

929.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  shake  hands  with  your  left  hand. 

930.  A  left-handed  person  owes  three  days'  work  to  the 

Devil. 

931.  A  left-handed  person  owes  the  Devil  a  thousand  rails 

Mountains 

932.  If  your  right  hand  itches,  you  will  shake  hands  with 

a  stranger. 

933.  An  itching  of  the  right  hand  indicates  that  you  will 

shake  hands  with  an  old  friend. 

934.  If  your  right  hand  itches,  you  will  get  a  letter. 

935.  If  the  palm  of  your  hand  itches,  a  caller  is  coming. 

936.  If  you  stick  your  finger  with  a  pin,  you  will  be  disap- 

pointed. 

937.  When  you  join  your  two  hands,  if  you  place  your 

right  thumb  over  the  left,  you  will  rule  your  mar- 
ried partner. 

938.  If  the  left  thumb  is  placed  over  the  right,  when  you 

join  your  two  hands,  you  will  be  ruled  by  your 
married  partner. 

939.  He  who  clenches  his  thumb  within  his  fist  is  a  coward. 

940.  Long  thumbs  indicate  a  stubborn  disposition. 

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941.  If  your  thumbs  turn  back  at  the  end,  you  will  not  be 

able  to  save  money. 

942.  "Wide  thumbs  will  spin  gold,"  that  is,  make  or  earn 

gold. 

943.  If  you  can  see  between  your  fingers,  you  are  a  spend- 

thrift. 

944.  If  your  finger-prints  make  impressions  of  circular 

or  approximately   circular  lines,   you   will  be   a 
money-saver. 

945.  If  your  finger-prints  make  impressions  that  sweep 

out  and  do  not  make  circles,  you  will  be  a  money- 
waster. 

946.  A  woman  with  short  fingers  will  be  a  good  manager. 

947.  Crooked  fingers  show  that  one's  ancestors  were  la- 

borers. 

948.  A  person  with  long  fingers  will  not  have  to  scratch 

for  a  living. 

949.  A  man  with  long  fingers  is  grasping. 

950.  A  person  with  short  fingers  will  have  a  good  living. 

951.  If  you  can  make  your  first  and  fourth  fingers  meet 

back  of  your  hand  without  holding  them  you  will 
rule  your  married  partner. 

952.  If  you  can  make  your  first  and  fourth  fingers  meet 

in  front,  you  will  rule  your  home. 

953.  The  spreading  out  of  hands  and  fingers  in  a  gesture 

indicates  a  broad  and  generous  mind. 

954.  If  your  little  finger  is  crooked,  you  are  a  crook. 

955.  Hands  clenched  and  not  open  are  indicative  of  a 

mean  and  grasping  disposition. 

956.  If  a  person  wears  a  ring  on  the  middle  finger  of  each 

hand,  he  will  have  bad  luck. 

957.  If  you  bite  your  finger-nails,  you  will  not  grow  tall. 


KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

958.  If  you  cut  the  nails  of  a  sick  person,  he  will  die. 

959.  If  your  finger-nails  have  half-moons  at  the  bottom 

end,  you  are  of  good  stock. 

A  half -moon  on  each  finger-nail  shows  that  you  are 

of  good  blood. 

960.  If  your  finger-nails  are  ridged,  you  will  have  a  short 

life. 

961.  If  your  finger-nails  are  deep  down  in  your  fingers, 

you  will  be  rich. 

962.  Long  finger-nails  are  a  sign  of  a  long  life .  Blue  Grass 

963.  People  with  short  finger-nails  are  tale-bearers. 

964.  If  your  finger-nails  do  not  taper  at  the  end,  you  will 

have  to  work  for  your  living. 

965.  If  there  is  a  white  spot  on  your  finger-nail,  you  are 

to  receive  a  present. 

966.  White  spots  on  the  nails  counting  from  thumb  to 

little   finger,    indicate,    "Friends,    foes,    presents, 
beaux,  journeys  to  go." 

967.  White  spots  on  your  finger-nails  show  that  you  tell 

lies. 

968.  If  a  sick  person  in  bed  cuts  his  nails,  he  will  not  get 

well  until  his  nails  grow  out.5 

969.  Leather  worn  on  the  wrist  will  make  you  strong. 

970.  If  you  kiss  your  elbow,  you  will  change  your  sex. 

971.  A  pointed  elbow  is  the  sign  of  a  sour  disposition. . . . 

Central  Kentucky 

972.  If  you  strike  your  "crazy  bone,"  you  may  know  that 

two  ladies  are  coming. 

973.  If  you  measure  yourself,  a  member  of  the  family  will 

die  before  a  year  is  over. 

5  For  significance  of  the  days  that  you  pare  your  nails,  see  Days  and  Seasons. 

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974.  If  your  back  aches,  you  are  going  (or  deserve)  to  get 

a  whipping. 

975.  If  a  woman  who  is  menstruating  touches  a  barrel  of 

sour-krout,  it  will  spoil Mountains 

976.  If  you  attend  to  a  call  of  nature  in  the  road,  you  will 

have  a  boil  on  your  posterior  part Mountains 

977.  To  avert  the  penalty  involved  in  the  last  superstition, 

spit  on  the  refuse Mountains 

978.  To  lie  on  the  right  side  brings  good  luck. 

979.  Every  time  you  sigh,  a  drop  of  blood  falls  from  the 

heart. 

980.  If  a  chain  of  shingles  meets  in  a  continuous  sore,  you 

will  die.     (Shingles  really  follow  a  nerve.) 

981.  If  your  left  foot  itches,  you  will  soon  walk  on  the 

ground  that  you  later  will  be  buried  in . .  Mountains 

982.  If  your  left  foot  iches,  you  will  walk  where  you  are 

not  welcome. 

983.  If  your  right  foot  itches,  you  will  walk  on  strange 

ground. 

984.  If  the  bottom  of  the  foot  itches,  you  will  step  on 

strange  ground. 

985.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  stump  the  toe  of  the  left  foot. 

986.  To  avert  the  bad  luck  incident  to  stumping  the  left 

foot,  you  must  go  back  and  start  over. 

987.  The  bad  luck  incident  to  stumping  the  left  foot  may 

be  averted  by  turning  around. 

988.  It  is  lucky  to  stump  the  right  foot. 

989.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  stump  your  toe. 

990.  You  can  avert  this  bad  luck  incident  to  stumping 

your  toe  if  you  kiss  your  thumb. 

991.  If  you  stump  your  toe,  it  brings  bad  luck  unless  you 

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go  back  over  the  same  place  without  stumping 
your  toe. 

992.  If  you  go  anywhere  and  stumble,  you  are  not  wel- 

come there. 

993.  If  you  stump  your  toe  while  on  the  way  to  make  a 

visit,  you  are  not  welcome  there. 

994.  If  you  stumble  on  your  way  to  make  a  visit,  you  will 

gain  an  admirer. 

995.  If  you  stumble  on  your  way  home  from  a  call,  you 

lose  an  admirer. 

996.  It  is  bad  luck  to  have  anyone  step  over  your  feet. 

997.  Avert  the  bad  luck  which  will  come  if  anyone  steps 

over  your  feet  by  making  the  person  step  back- 
wards over  them. 

998.  If  someone  should  step  over  you  while  you  are  lying 

on  the  floor,  you  will  die  before  he  does  unless  he 
steps  back. 

999.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  step  first  on  the  left  foot  in  the 

morning. 

1000.  Dress  and  undress  with  the  right  foot  first  for  good 
luck. 

1001.  It  is  well  to  step  into  a  court  room  on  your  right 

foot  when  you  have  business  there. 

1002.  If  a  girl  steps  on  another  girl's  toe,  she  will  take 
her  sweetheart  from  her Mountains 

1003.  If  you  cross  your  feet  while  you  are  dancing,  the 

devil  will  get  you. 

1004.  If  your  second  toe  is  longer  than  the  great  toe,  you 
will  rule  your  mate.     (Compare  586.) 

1005.  It  brings  good  luck  to  carry  a  negro's  toe 

Western  Kentucky 

1006.  Big  feet  are  a  sign  of  intelligence. 

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1007.  If  you  bury  an  amputated  limb,  the  patient  will 
have  pains  until  it  rots.    It  should  be  burned. 

1008.  A  red  mole  is  a  sign  of  intelligence. 

1009.  "A  mole  on  the  face,  gentleman's  taste." 

1010.  "A  mole  on  the  face,  you'll  suffer  disgrace." 

1011.  A  mole  on  your  cheek  is  the  sign  that  your  mother's 

washing  tub  will  leak. 

1012.  "Mole  on  the  lip, 

You're  a  little  too  flip" .  Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

1013.  "Mole  on  the  ear, 
Money  by  the  year." 

1014.  A  mole  under  the  ear  is  a  sign  that  you  will  be 
hanged. 

1015.  "Mole  on  neck,  money  by  the  peck." 

1016.  A  mole  on  the  neck  is  a  sign  that  the  person  will 
be  hanged. 

1017.  "Mole  on  your  back, 

Money  by  the  pack." 

1018.  "Mole  on  your  arm,  you  are  a  gentleman's  charm." 

1019.  "Mole  on  your  arm, 
You'll  live  on  a  farm." 

1020.  "Mole  on  your  breast,  baby  in  the  nest 

Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

1021.  A  mole  on  the  right  side  means  good  luck. 

1022.  A  mole  on  the  left  side  brings  bad  luck. 

1023.  A  mole  in  the  life  line  on  the  hand  is  the  sign  of  a 

terrible  disaster. 

1024.  "Moly,  moly,  on  the  leg, 
Money,  money,  by  the  keg." 

1025.  A  mole  on  your  left  leg  is  the  sign  that  you  have 

a  very  bad  temper Mountains 


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SALIVA6 

1026.  If  you  spit  on  yourself,  the  nearest  one  to  you  will 
tell  a  lie  on  you Mountains 

1027.  If  you  spit  on  yourself,  the  one  nearest  your  right 
side  will  tell  a  lie  on  you Mountains 

1028.  If  you  spit  on  yourself,  you  will  hear  of  a  death  be- 

fore the  end  of  the  week Mountains 

1029.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  spit  on  any  one  else. 

1030.  If  you  spit  over  your  left  shoulder,  you  can  break 
a  bad  charm. 

1031.  If  you  spit  into  any  one's  tracks,  you  will  have  a 
headache Western  Kentucky 

1032.  If  you  make  a  cross  and  spit  in  it,  you  will  have 
good  luck  all  your  life. 

1033.  Spit  on  a  rock,  to  make  it  strike  the  object  that 
you  throw  at Mountains 

1034.  When  you  plant  a  bush  or  plant,  spit  into  the  hole 

Mountains 

SNEEZES 

1035.  Sneeze  on  Monday  for  health. 
Sneeze  on  Tuesday  for  wealth. 
Sneeze  on  Wednesday  for  a  letter. 
Sneeze  on  Thursday  for  something  better. 
Sneeze  on  Friday  for  sorrow. 

Sneeze  on  Saturday,  see  your  sweetheart  tomor- 
row. 

Sneeze  on  Sunday,  safety  seek, 
For  the  Devil  will  be  with  you  the  rest  of  the  week. 

s  Spitting  is  often  the  means  of  averting  some  kind  of  disaster.  There- 
fore the  use  of  saliva  appears  in  many  of  the  classes  of  superstitions  in  this 
volume.  To  find  them  the  reader  may  consult  the  index. 

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1036.  Sneezes  as  in  1035,  except— 

"Sneeze  on  Sunday,  from  the  Devil  you  will  bor- 


row." 


1037.  "Sneeze  on  Sunday,  safety  seek; 

Old  Nick  will  chase  you  all  the  week. 
Sneeze  on  Monday,  sneeze  for  danger, 
Sneeze  on  Tuesday,  kiss  a  stranger," 
And  the  rest  as  in  1035. 

1038.  Sneezes  as  in  number  1035,  except— 

"Sneeze  on  Sunday,  get  a  sweetheart's  kiss  that 
day." 

1039.  "Sneeze  on  Monday,  sneeze  for  danger. 

Sneeze  on  Tuesday,  kiss  a  stranger. 
Sneeze  on  Wednesday,  get  a  letter. 
Sneeze  on  Thursday,  something  better." 
And  the  rest  as  in  1035. 

1040.  If  you  sneeze  three  times  before  breakfast  on  Sun- 

day morning,  there  will  be  three  deaths  before  the 
week  is  out. 

1041.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  sneeze  before  arising  in  the 
morning. 

1042.  If  you  sneeze  before  seven,  you  will  have  company 
before  eleven. 

1043.  If  you  sneeze  before  breakfast,  you  will  cry  before 

dinner  and  weep  before  supper. 

1044.  If  you  sneeze  twice  before  breakfast,  you  will  have 

a  beau  that  day. 

1045.  To  sneeze  three  times  before  breakfast  is  a  good 
luck  sign. 

1046.  If  you  sneeze  before  you  eat, 

You  will  have  visitors  before  you  sleep. 

1047.  To  sneeze  at  the  breakfast  table  is  a  sign  of  death. 

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1048.  If  the  youngest  in  the  family  sneezes  at  the  break- 

fast table  on  Sunday  morning,  a  death  will  follow. 

1049.  A  sneeze  at  the  table  is  a  sign  of  death. 

1050.  If  you  sneeze  at  the  table  when  your  mouth  is  full 

of  food,  there  will  be  a  death. 

1051.  To  sneeze  at  table  is  the  sign  that  there  will  be  one 
more  or  one  fewer  at  the  next  meal. 

1052.  If  you  sneeze  once,  someone  will  come  into  or  leave 
the  house  within  an  hour. 

1053.  If  you  sneeze  twice,  you  may  expect  two  callers 
within  two  hours. 

1054.  Sneeze  three  times  for  a  letter. 

1055.  If  you  sneeze  three  times  in  succession,  you  will  be 

an  old  maid. 

1056.  If  one  sneezes  in  a  group  of  people,  what  is  being 

said  will  come  true. 

1057.  A  sneeze  in  a  crowd  means  that  the  crowd  will  be 

increased  or  decreased  by  one. 

1058.  Look  at  the  sun  if  you  feel  inclined  to  sneeze. 

CURES  AND  PREVENTIVES 

1059.  When  a  finger,  a  toe,  or  an  arm  is  amputated,  it 

should  be  buried  in  a  straight  position;  otherwise 
the  patient  will  suffer  pains  from  cramp.  Secrecy 
should  be  observed  in  the  burial  of  the  amputated 
member. 

1060.  If  after  the  amputation  of  any  member  of  the  body 
the  absent  member  itches,  scratch  the  other  arm  or 
foot,  to  make  the  itching  cease. 

1061.  Asthma  in  a  child  may  be  cured  if  a  lock  of  its  hair 

is  placed  in  a  hole  in  a  post  or  tree  above  its  head. 

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When  the  child  grows  to  that  height  the  disease 
will  be  cured. 

1062.  You  may  cure  asthma  by  wearing  a  string  of  amber 
beads  about  the  neck. 

1063.  For  back-ache  use  pine-resin  plasters. 

1064.  In  setting  tobacco,  you  often  have  a  pain  in  your 
back.     Have  someone  kneel  on  your  back.     The 
pain  will  cease. 

1065.  To  cure  your  back-ache,  let  a  seventh  child  walk 

seven  times  up  and  down  your  back 

Central  Kentucky 

1066.  Rub  a  plantain  leaf  on  a  honey-bee  sting 

Central  Kentucky 

1067.  You  may  remove  birth-marks  by  rubbing  them  with 
the  hand  of  a  corpse. 

1068.  To  prevent  blindness,  wear  ear-rings. 

1069.  A  dusty  spider  web  is  good  for  a  cut. 

1070.  Some  people  can  stop  the  flow  of  blood  in  other 
people  or  in  animals.    The  power  runs  in  families, 
and  a  man  must  teach  it  to  a  woman,  and  a  woman 
to  a  man. 

1071.  Hemorrhages  can  be  stopped  by  the  use  of  pills 
made  of  cobwebs. 

1072.  To  stop  the  flow  of  blood  from  a  cut,  use  soot  from 
the  chimney Southern  Kentucky 

1073.  Hemorrhages  can  be  stopped  by  the  swallowing  of 
tea  brewed  from  the  soot  of  a  wood  fire. 

1074.  If  you  stick  the  knife  or  other  instrument  with 
which  you  have  cut  yourself  into  the  ground,  the 
blood  will  cease  to  flow Mountains 

1075.  If  a  knife  which  has  caused  a  cut  or  wound  is  de- 

stroyed, the  wound  will  be  healed Mountains 

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1076.  When  you  cut  your  hand  on  a  piece  of  tin,  bury  the 

tin  in  the  ground,  to  cure  the  wound 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

1077.  A  cut  may  be  cured  by  the  victim's  drawing  a  char- 

coal ring  around  the  cut Mountains 

1078.  To  stop  hemorrhages,  have  a  second  person  repeat 
with  the  patient:     "And  when  I  passed  by  thee 
and  saw  thee  polluted  in  thine  own  blood,  I  said 
unto  thee,  'Live'."     [Ezekiel  16:6.] 

1079.  Hemorrhages  are  checked  by  laying  an  axe  under 
the  bed  of  the  patient Mountains 

1080.  To  stop  the  nose  from  bleeding,  drop  a  key  down 
the  back  of  the  sufferer. 

1081.  To  stop  bleeding  of  the  nose,  pour  water  on  the 
back  of  the  head Western  Kentucky 

1082.  Keep  your  nose  from  bleeding  by  wearing  lead 
which  has  not  been  on  the  ground Mountains 

1083.  You  can  stop  your  nose  from  bleeding  by  wearing 

lead  around  your  neck,  and  putting  it  on  your 
shoulder  when  the  nose  begins  to  bleed. 

1084.  To  stop  nose-bleeding  wear  around  the  neck  a  bul- 
let that  has  killed  something Mountains 

1085.  Hold  a  piece  of  silver  under  the  upper  lip,  to  cure 
nose-bleeding    Mountains 

1086.  You  can  stop  your  nose  from  bleeding  by  tying  a 

red  yarn  string  around  your  thumb 

Central  Kentucky 

1087.  You  can  keep  the  nose  from  bleeding  by  wearing  a 

string  of  red  corn  around  the  neck Mountains 

1088.  Wear  a  string  of  corn  around  your  neck  to  cure 
nose-bleeding Western  Kentucky 

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1089.  To  prevent  bleeding  of  the  nose,  a  yarn  string  is 

worn  around  the  left  little  finger 

Western  Kentucky 

1090.  As  a  cure  for  nose-bleeding,  wear  a  certain  gristle 

taken  from  a  hog's  ear. 

1091.  To  stop  the  nose  from  bleeding,  put  a  piece  of  silk 
paper  under  the  upper  lip. 

1092.  To  prevent  your  nose  from  bleeding,  place  a  piece 
of  stiff  card  board  between  your  front  teeth. 

1093.  If  your  nose  bleeds,  let  it  bleed  a  little  bit  on  the 
point  of  a  knife ;  then  stick  the  knife  into  the  ground 
before  the  blood  gets  cold.    This  process  will  stop 
nose-bleeding Blue  Grass 

1094.  Nose-bleeding  is  stopped  by  allowing  the  blood  to 

fall  on  a  sharp  axe Mountains 

1095.  You  can  stop  your  nose  from  bleeding  by  putting  a 

knife  dipped  in  the  blood  under  a  doorstep 

Mountains 

1096.  For  nose-bleeding,  hold  a  Bible  over  the  sufferer's 

head  and  read  Ezekiel  16:  6,  three  times 

Mountains 

1097.  Eat  nutmeg  for  boils Western  Kentucky 

1098.  For  blood-poisoning,  place  a  piece  of  bacon  on  the 
eruption Mountains 

1099.  Put  a  piece  of  copper  on  an  eruption  from  blood- 
poisoning  Mountains 

1100.  To  cure  a  boil,  turn  up  a  kettle,  get  some  soot,  and 
make  a  cross  on  the  boil Mountains 

1101.  You  can  cure  your  boils  by  swallowing  shot. 

1102.  Boils  are  treated  with  a  poultice  of  a  mud-dauber's 

nest Western  Kentucky 

1103.  To  cure  a  boil,  boil  a  bar  of  lead  (about  one  third  of 

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a  pound)  in  one  pint  of  milk.  Boil  it  down  until 
about  two  teaspoonfuls  are  left.  Drink  it,  and  you 
will  never  have  any  more  boils Mountains 

1104.  Clover  boiled  in  a  kettle  with  a  crystalline  rock 
makes  a  salve  for  boils  and  other  skin  eruptions. 
Mountains 

1105.  To  cure  a  bone-felon,  have  a  person  who,  before  he 
was  seven  years  old,  had  held  a  mole  until  it  died, 

hold  the  finger  for  half  an  hour 

Western  Kentucky 

1106.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  burn  a  rag  that  has  been 
around  a  bone-felon Mountains 

1107.  To  cure  bots  in  horses,  rub  the  animal  nine  times 

from  the  tip  of  its  nose  to  the  end  of  its  tail,  re- 
peating some  lingo ;  then  slap  its  side 

Western  Kentucky 

1108.  Burns  can  be  cured  by  persons  who  have  the  mir- 

aculous power  of  "blowing  the  fire  out"  of  the 
wound. 

1109.  Do  not  burn  a  bandage  that  has  been  wrapped 

about  a  burn.    If  you  do,  the  burn  will  not  heal. 

1110.  To  throw  the  dressing  from  a  burnt  wound  into  the 

fire  will  cause  the  wound  to  burn  as  if  it  were  in 
the  fire Mountains 

1111.  To  cure  a  burn,  one  must  blow  on  the  burn,  repeat- 
ing these  words: 

"Three  angels  from  the  north; 

Go  out  fire,  come  in  frost" Mountains 

1112.  To  blow  the  fire  out  of  a  burn,  the  curer  says :  "You 
look  east;  you  look  west;  you  look  south;  you  look 
north.    I  saw  three  angels  coming.    One  had  fire; 
one  had  frost.     Blow  out,  Fire.     Blow  in,  Frost. 

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Father,  Son  and  Holy  Ghost."  Without  the  tak- 
ing in  or  the  letting  out  of  breath,  these  words  must 
be  said  in  the  mind  three  times,  with  the  patient's 
wound  against  the  curer's  mouth Mountains 

1113.  To  take  the  fire  out  of  a  burn,  the  curer  wets  his 
forefinger  with  saliva  and  rubs  it  over  the  burnt 

place,  repeating  a  charm  of  some  kind 

Western  Kentucky 

1114.  You  may  cure  cancer  by  going  at  daybreak  to  an 

apple  tree  on  three  successive  mornings  and  pro- 
nouncing a  certain  incantation Mountains 

1115.  A  cure  for  cancer.     Get  a  double  handful  of  red- 

oak  bark  from  the  north  side  of  the  tree,  a  double 
handful  of  persimmon-tree  bark,  the  north  side,  a 
double  handful  of  the  bark  of  the  roots  of  dogwood, 
the  north  side,  a  double  handful  of  the  bark  of 
sassafras  roots,  the  north  side,  and  a  handful  of 
dewberry  briar  roots.  Put  these  together,  boil 
them  slowly  for  about  twelve  hours,  then  drink  the 
mixture Blue  Grass 

1116.  A  tobacco  leaf  is  a  sure  cure  for  a  carbuncle 

Central  Kentucky 

1117.  If  you  let  a  dog  lick  a  cat,  the  latter  will  recover 

from  its  illness. 

1118.  If  you  wash  your  hands  in  the  first  snow,  they  will 
not  chap  that  winter Mountains 

1119.  If  your  chickens  are  sick,  take  the  best  one  that  is 
well  and  cut  off  its  head,  to  cure  the  sick  ones. 

1120.  Chicken-pox  is  treated  with  the  water  in  which  the 

feathers  of  a  black  chicken  are  boiled 

Western  Kentucky 

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1121.  As  a  cure  for  chicken-pox,  the  victim  may  sit  in 
the  henhouse  for  an  hour Western  Kentucky 

1122.  Bathe  a  child  in  greasy  dish-water,  to  avert  illness. 

1123.  Gunpowder  is  given  to  a  woman,  to  facilitate  child- 
birth   Mountains 

1124.  Carry  an  Irish  potato  in  your  pocket,  to  prevent 
chills Western  Kentucky 

1125.  Frizzly  chickens  keep  off  cholera Mountains 

1126.  Mullein  tea  is  a  cure  for  colds,  bronchitis,  or  croup 

Mountains 

1127.  To  cure  colds,  rub  the  chest,  the  palms,  and  the  soles 
of  the  feet  with  goose-grease. 

1128.  Tallow  rubbed  on  a  baby's  foot  will  cure  a  cold. . . . 

Mountains 

1129.  To  keep  off  cold  (or  other  disease)  cut  an  onion  in 
two,  hang  it  by  a  string,  and  knock  it  when  you 
pass. 

1130.  If  you  accidentally  fall  into  a  creek,  your  cold  will 
be  cured Mountains 

1181.  To  keep  off  cold,  wear  a  "sow  bug"  around  your 
neck. 

1132.  Put  a  hair  or  a  piece  of  toe-nail  of  the  patient  into 
a  hole  of  a  tree  or  stump,  to  cure  a  cold. 

1133.  If  you  drink  water  out  of  a  stranger's  shoe,  your 

sore  throat  will  be  cured Mountains 

1134.  To  cure  sore  throat,  mouth  or  eyes,  use  yellow  root. 

1135.  For  a  sore  throat,  tie  your  right  sock,  when  you 
remove  it  at  night  and  while  it  is  warm,  around 
your  neck.    Let  it  remain  all  night. 

1136.  As  a  cure  for  a  sore  throat,  let  a  man  who  has 

smoked  for  several  years  blow  his  breath  down  the 
throat Central  Kentucky 

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1137.  Salt  pork  will  prevent  sore  throat. 

1138.  If  you  wish  to  prevent  a  baby's  having  colic,  blow 
tobacco  smoke  on  its  stomach. 

1139.  Eggs  laid  on  Friday  will  cure  colic. 

1140.  Red  pepper  and  salt  in  your  shoe  will  keep  off 

conjures. 

1141.  Butterfly  root  is  good  for  consumption. 

1142.  To  eat  the  hind  leg  of  a  fat  dog  is  a  sure  cure  for 
tuberculosis  of  the  lungs Louisville  Negroes 

1143.  Tuberculosis  in  a  child  may  be  cured  if  a  lock  of  the 
child's  hair  is  placed  in  a  hole  in  a  post  or  tree  high- 
er than  the  child's  head.    When  he  grows  up  to  that 
height,  he  will  be  cured. 

1144.  For  tuberculosis,  stick  a  table  fork  into  the  head  of 

the  bed  of  the  sufferer Southern  Kentucky 

1145.  To  eat  a  snail  each  morning  for  nine  mornings  will 
cure  consumption Southern  Kentucky 

1146.  For  consumption,  eat  three  snails  in  the  morning 

and  three  at  night;  then  three  or  four  days  later 
drink  a  gill  of  cow's  water  and  four  gills  of  new 
milk  mixed Blue  Grass 

1147.  A  cure  for  tuberculosis  is  to  burn  dried  cow  dung  to 

ashes,  make  a  weak  lye,  and  drink  it  now  and  then 
Blue  Grass 

1148.  As  a  cure  for  tuberculosis,  cut  off  a  rattlesnake's 

head,  put  the  snake  into  rum,  and  then  drink  of 
the  concoction  two  or  three  times  a  day.  Blue  Grass 

1149.  Tie  a  hemp  string  around  the  great  toe  of  your  left 
foot,  to  cure  a  cold Western  Kentucky 

1150.  A  string  around  the  neck  will  keep  off  cold. 

1151.  If  you  have  small-pox,  you  will  never  have  tubercu- 

losis. 

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1152.  You  can  cure  a  corn  by  cutting  it  with  a  blade  that 
has  shaved  the  dead. 

1153.  To  cure  corns,  use  soft  lye  soap  ("tub  soap"). 

1154.  To  cure  a  corn,  rub  a  snail  (without  a  shell)  on  the 
corn  nine  times;  then  stick  the  snail  on  a  thorn 
bush Mountains 

1155.  When  a  cow's  bag  is  hard  and  will  not  break,  rub 

the  bag  three  mornings  with  a  flat  rock;  then  put 
the  rock  back  where  you  got  it.  The  fever  will 
then  leave  the  bag Central  Kentucky 

1156.  If  you  feed  a  cow  a  soiled  dish  rag,  she  will  recover 
her  cud. 

1157.  If  you  place  a  bowl  of  water  under  the  bed  at  night, 

your  feet  will  not  cramp. 

1158.  Croup  is  treated  with  skunk  oil,  taken  internally 
and  applied  externally. 

1159.  Carry  sulphur  in  the  pocket,  to  keep  off  cramps  in 
the  arms  and  legs Mountains 

1160.  Tie  a  string  of  yarn  around  the  ankle,  to  cure  a 
cramp. 

1161.  A  leather  band  worn  around  the  wrist  prevents 
cramp Western  Kentucky 

1162.  Wear  a  brass  ring,  to  keep  off  cramp. .  .Mountains 

1163.  To  prevent  the  feet  from  cramping,  place  the  shoes 
with  the  toes  pointed  under  the  bed. 

1164.  You  can  cure  a  crick  in  the  neck  by  rubbing  the 

neck  against  a  tree  where  a  hog  has  rubbed  itself . . 
Blue  Grass 

1165.  Wear  amber  beads,  to  keep  away  croup. 

1166.  Croup  may  be  prevented  by  placing  the  baby's  bare 

foot  in  the  first  snow  which  falls  after  its  birth.  . 
Western  Kentucky 

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1167.  To  avert  cramp  in  the  legs,  place  a  pair  of  scissors 

or  some  other  piece  of  steel  in  your  bed 

Central  Kentucky 

1168.  Wear  a  pot  hook  around  the  neck,  to  cure  a  crick  in 
the  neck. 

1169.  Tea  made  from  elder  bark  peeled  upward  will  cure 
diarrhoea Mountains 

1170.  To  cure  diphtheria,  put  a  part  of  a  freshly  killed 
chicken  against  the  throat Western  Kentucky 

1171.  The  hair  of  a  dog  is  good  for  its  bite. 

1172.  If  a  dog  that  bites  a  person  goes  mad  later,  so  will 
the  person.    Therefore  kill  the  dog  straightway. 

1173.  A  madstone,  a  stone-like  substance  sometimes  found 

in  the  body  of  a  deer  or  other  animal,  will  prevent 
the  bite  of  a  mad  dog  from  producing  hydrophobia. 

1174.  The  herb  angelica  boiled  in  the  urine  of  a  healthy 
man-child  is  good  for  dropsy Blue  Grass 

1175.  If  you  take  a  bess-bug  and  cut  off  its  head,  one 

drop  of  blood  will  flow.    It  will  cure  earache 

Western  Kentucky 

1176.  Three  drops  of  blood  from  three  different  kinds  of 

insects  dropped  into  the  ear  will  cure  earache 

Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

1177.  Cure  earache  by  putting  a  lock  of  a  negro's  hair 
into  the  ear Central  Kentucky 

1178.  Roast  an  onion  in  the  ashes  and  then  put  the  juice 

of  it  into  your  ear,  to  prevent  earache  again 

Northern  Kentucky 

1179.  Blow  smoke  into  the  ear,  to  prevent  earache. 

1180.  Rub  the  hand  of  a  corpse  over  the  face  of  one  who 
has  eczema. 

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1181.  Epilepsy  is  kept  off  by  the  victim's  wearing  a  hemp 

string  around  the  throat Central  Kentucky 

1182.  Epilepsy  can  be  kept  off  by  the  sufferer's  wearing 

bones  of  a  rattlesnake  around  the  neck . .  Mountains 

1183.  A  black  cat's  blood  and  a  black  chicken's  will  cure 

erysipelas  Mountains 

1184.  Erysipelas  is  cured  by  "striking  fire"  over  the  pa- 
tient's head Western  Kentucky 

1185.  If  you  have  your  ears  pierced,  you  will  not  have  sore 
eyes. 

1186.  If  you  wear  ear-rings,  you  will  not  have  sore  eyes. 

1187.  March  snow  is  good  for  sore  eyes. 

1188.  Bottled  snow  water  is  good  for  sore  eyes. 

1189.  To  wake  up  your  foot  when  it  is  asleep,  make  a 
cross  on  your  leg  with  a  wet  finger. 

1190.  To  wash  your  feet  in  dish  water  will  cure  sore  feet. 

1191.  Fill  your  shoes  with  corn  and  put  a  little  water  on 

it.    Your  shoes  will  thereafter  never  hurt  the  feet. 

1192.  If  you  will  wear  a  bag  of  rhubarb  around  your 

neck,  your  children  will  not  have  club  feet 

Western  Kentucky 

1193.  A  remedy  for  frozen  feet  is  to  wrap  the  feet  in  the 

skins  of  rabbits  killed  in  the  dark  of  the  moon 

Mountains 

1194.  As  a  remedy  for  frozen  feet,  bury  a  crooked  penny 

at  the  northeast  corner  of  the  cabin  outside,  where 
water  drops  from  the  eaves Mountains 

1195.  Frozen  feet  can  be  cured  by  wrapping  them  in  the 

skin  of  a  newly-killed  rabbit,  the  fur  on  the  outside. 

1196.  Your  feet  will  not  be  frost-bitten  if  you  wrap  them 

with  rabbit  hide Mountains 

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1197.  For  frost  bite,  bathe  the  feet  in  the  running  water 
from  a  stream  that  runs  west. 

1198.  A  pine  knot  placed  in  drinking  water  will  prevent 

typhoid    Mountains 

1199.  Place  steel  under  the  bed  for  fever;  it  draws  out 
the  electricity  from  the  body. 

1200.  As  a  cure  for  a  "fever"  or  cold  blister,  take  wax 

from  your  ear  and  rub  it  on  the  blister 

Southern  Kentucky 

1201.  If  you  have  cold  blisters,  kiss  a  dog's  forehead,  and 
they  will  get  well Louisville  Negroes 

1202.  One  of  the  rattles  of  a  rattlesnake  will  keep  a  per- 

son from  having  fits Mountains 

1203.  To  cure  freckles,  go  to  a  still  branch  in  the  moun- 
tains and  bathe  your  face  each  day  for  nine  days .  . 
Mountains 

1204.  To  remove  freckles,  wash  your  face  in  buttermilk. 

1205.  You  may  cure  freckles  by  rubbing  grass  over  your 

face  before  the  dew  is  off. 

1206.  The  first  shower  in  May  is  said  to  cure  freckles. 

1207.  To  remove  freckles,  wash  your  face  in  dew  off  grass 
the  first  nine  mornings  in  May. 

1208.  If  on  the  first  day  of  May  you  walk  backward  from 
your  bed  outdoors  and  then  wash  your  face  in  dew, 
the  freckles  will  leave. 

1209.  To  remove  freckles,  wash  your  face  with  melon  rind, 

1210.  To  wash  in  water  standing  in  an  oak  stump,  will 
remove  freckles Mountains 

1211.  To  cure  freckles,  go  to  a  stone  and  step  over  it  three 
times  backward  and  then  three  times  forward. 

T<>  cure  freckles,  get  up  before  the  sun  rises,  go 
out  to  a  wheat  field,  and  wash  in  the  dew. 

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Some  say  that  this  should  be  done  for  seven  days. 

1213.  Glandular  swellings  are  treated  with  two-year-old 
marrow  taken  from  the  inferior  maxillary  of  a  hog 
Western  Kentucky 

1214.  You  can  stop  a  goitre  from  growing  by  burying  a 

live  toad  under  the  drip  of  the  house . . .  Mountains 

1215.  If  you  rub  a  goitre  with  a  toad,  it  will  go  away. . . . 

Mountains 

1216.  A  gold  bead  necklace  prevents  a  goitre  or  cures  it 

Mountains 

1217.  "Job's  tears,"  (a  kind  of  smooth,  gray  bean)  tied 

around  the  neck,  will  cure  a  goitre 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

1218.  If  you  have  a  goitre  on  your  neck,  rub  a  dead  per- 

son's hand  over  it  three  times.    As  the  body  decays 
the  goitre  will  disappear Louisville  Negroes 

1219.  To  cure  grip,  hang  your  hat  on  the  bed  post  and 
drink  whiskey  until  you  see  two  hats. 

1220.  Rub  the  sap  from  a  grape  vine  on  your  hair  to  make 

it  grow Mountains 

1221.  Put  burnt  leather  on  a  galled  place  on  a  horse  to 
prevent  the  hair  from  coming  out  white .  Mountains 

1222.  When  a  servant  finds  that  her  hair  is  falling  out,  she 

should  seek  a  new  situation,  somewhat  removed 
from  her  present  one,  in  order  to  stop  the  trouble. 

1223.  For  headache,  apply  brown  paper  and  vinegar. 

1224.  One  subject  to  headache  may  prevent  it  by  carrying 

a  buckeye  in  his  pocket. 

1225.  For  headache,  use  a  poultice  of  cornmeal .  Mountains 

1226.  You  can  cure  headache  by  pressing  the  hand  on  the 

forehead  so  as  to  press  each  pulse-beating  place. 

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!•_'•_' 7.  Plait  the  front  hair  into  four  plaits,  to  avert  head- 
ache   Central  Kentucky 

5,  To  cure  a  headache,  place  the  hair  that  comes  from 
the  head  in  combing  under  a  hidden  rock  some- 
where   Mountains 

PJiM).  Carry  one  of  your  teeth  around  your  neck,  to  keep 
off  headache Mountains 

1230.  For  headache,  bruise  a  horse-radish  leaf,  wet  it, 

and  tie  it  to  the  head Central  Kentucky 

1231.  Wear  a  snake-rattle  in  the  hair  day  and  night,  to 

prevent  headaches. 

1232.  You  can  cure  a  headache  by  swallowing  a  spider 
weh Western  Kentucky 

1233.  Wear  a  match  in  your  hair,  to  keep  from  having  a 
headache. 

1234.  Cure  hiccough  by  holding  the  breath  and  counting 
nine. 

1235.  To  cure  hiccough,  take  nine  sips  of  water,  count 
nine  backwards,  and  then  turn  around  nine  times. 

1236.  If  somebody  tells  somebody  else  to  get  you  a  drink, 

it  will  stop  hiccough North-eastern  Kentucky 

1237.  You  can  cure  hiccough  if  you  put  the  ends  of  both 

thumbs  behind  the  ears  and  push  inward 

Blue  Grass 

1238.  You  can  cure  hiccough  if  you  frighten  the  victim 
badly Blue  Grass 

PJ.'W.  If  you  have  a  hiccough,  think  of  your  lover.  If  he 
loves  you,  you  will  not  have  it  anymore. 

1240.  You  can  cure  a  child  of  hives  by  "scarifying,"  that 
is,  by  making  three  cuts  in  the  child's  back,  mixing 
the  blood  with  breast  milk,  and  giving  the  mixture 
to  the  child  to  drink Mountains 

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1241.  To  cure  a  baby  of  hives;  place  a  hot,  moist  cloth  just 
under  the  shoulder  blade,  remove  it,  cut  the  skin 
two  or  three  times  with  a  razor;  draw  about  fif- 
teen or  twenty  drops  of  blood,  and  feed  it  to  the 
baby. 

1242.  When  you  break  out  with  hives,  mix  Irish  potato 

peelings,  peanut-butter,  and  lard;  cook  them  to  a 
syrup  and  rub  with  it Louisville  Negroes 

1243.  To  cure  hollow  horn,  cut  a  gash  in  a  cow's  tail,  put 
in  salt,  and  sew  up  the  wound . . .  Central  Kentucky 

1244.  If  a  horse  hurts  his  feet,  take  a  nail  from  the  shoe 
and  put  it  into  a  lard-can Mountains 

1245.  May  butter  will  make  an  ointment  that  will  cure 

any  ill;  it  never  grows  rancid.  .Western  Kentucky 

1246.  Carry  a  castor-bean  for  indigestion. 

1247.  For  indigestion,  boil  chicken-gizzards  and  drink  the 

broth. 

1248.  A  sure  cure  for  stomach  trouble  is  a  tea  made  from 

dog-fennel. 

1249.  A  sure  remedy  for  all  kinds  of  stomach  troubles  is 
ginseng. 

1250.  A  nutmeg  carried  in  the  pocket  or  in  the  clothes  is 

a  preventive  for  stomach  troubles. 

1251.  Keep  a  goat  with  a  herd  of  cattle,  to  keep  off  in- 
fectious diseases Blue  Grass 

1252.  A  mole's  foot  will  keep  off  infectious  diseases 

Blue  Grass 

1253.  Kiss  an  injured  spot  to  make  it  well. 

1254.  Iron  gives  strength.    It  may  be  given  in  the  form 

of  simple  filings,  rust  of  iron,  or  salt  of  steel 

Blue  Grass 

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•>.  To  cure  itch  in  the  toe,  tie  a  yarn  string  around  the 
toe  which  is  affected Mountains 

1256.  Roll  the  baby  in  sulphur  and  lard  for  itch 

Mountain 

1257.  To  cure  itch,  rub  the  body  with  sulphur,  wear  your 
clothes  three  weeks  without  change  or  bath,  and 
bury  the  clothes.    Later  dig  them  up  in  the  dark 
of  the  moon  and  launder  them Mountains 

1258.  For  jaundice,  catch  about  a  half-dozen  "old  sows" 

(gray  hearth  bugs)  and  boil  them  in  water.  Then 
stir  into  the  mixture  enough  meal  to  make  a  cake. 
Place  it  on  the  chimney  piece.  When  the  cake  is 
done,  the  person  will  be  well.  (It  is  not  necessary 
to  eat  it. ) Central  Kentucky 

1259.  Wet  the  index-finger  in  the  mouth,  rub  it  on  the 
bottom  of  a  "pot- vessel"  of  some  sort,  and  make 
a  cross-mark  on  a  kernel  under  the  jaw,  to  make  it 
disappear  Mountains 

1260.  To  cure  kernels  which  result  from  a  bruise  or  sore, 
cross  them  with  soot  from  the  chimney. 

1261.  For  an  affection  of  the  kidneys,  pills  made  of  pine- 

pitch  are  taken. 

1262.  For  gravel  or  other  kidney  disorders,  drink  tea 
made  from  nine  buds  picked  from  as  many  differ- 
ent stalks  of  mullein. 

1263.  You  can  cure  a  liver  complaint  in  a  child  by  having 

him  touch  his  left  foot  with  his  right  hand 

Mountains 

1264.  For  difficult  and  painful  menstruation,  take  the  larg- 

est grown  pullet  you  can  get,  that  never  laid  an 
egg,  pick  her  without  scalding,  beat  her  to  pieces 

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and  boil  her  well.    Let  the  patient  drink  the  soup 
about  the  time  of  the  change Blue  Grass 

1265.  For  measles,  use  "sheep-nanny"  tea,  that  is,  a  drink 

made  by  pouring  hot  water  over  the  dried  manure 
of  sheep. 

1266.  Flesh  moles  may  be  removed  by  the  juice  of  milk- 
weed. 

1267.  Some  people  have  the  power  of  removing  flesh 
moles  simply  by  rubbing  grass  over  them. 

1268.  To  ward  off  mumps,  wear  a  silk  cord  around  the 
waist. 

1269.  If  from  stumping  your  toe  you  break  your  nail, 

place  it  with  two  stones  in  a  rag;  then  throw  the 
rag  over  the  house Mountains 

1270.  When  a  nail  is  stuck  into  the  foot,  drive  the  nail 

into  the  ground,  to  make  the  swelling  go  down. 

1271.  If  a  nail  is  stuck  into  the  foot,  do  not  drive  the  nail 
high  into  a  door  or  wall  because  the  swelling  in  the 
foot  will  then  rise. 

1272.  If  you  stick  a  rusty  nail  into  your  foot,  hide  the 
nail  where  no  one  can  find  it,  to  prevent  your  foot 
from  getting  sore. 

1273.  If  you  stick  a  nail  into  your  foot,  grease  the  nail 

and  carry  it  in  your  pocket.    The  wound  will  heal 
quickly. 

1274.  If  you  pull  a  nail  out  of  a  horse's  foot  and  put  it  into 

your  pocket,  the  horse's  foot  will  not  get  sore. 

1275.  Neuralgia  can  be  cured  if  the  sufferer  will  for  three 

consecutive  days  take  nine  swallows  of  water  after 

rising  in  the  morning  and  before  speaking 

Mountains 

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rj:<;.  Use  a  red  silk  handkerchief  for  neuralgia 

Central  Kentucky 

1-J77.  If  you  are  suffering  from  neuralgia  in  the  left  side 
of  the  head,  take  a  piece  of  red  wrapping  string, 
ignite  it,  and  sniff  the  smoke  into  the  right  nostril, 
and  vice  versa Blue  Grass 

1278.  Tie  a  certain  bone  from  a  hog's  head  around  the 

neck,  to  keep  off  neuralgia 

Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

1279.  Neuralgia  is  cured  by  the  wearing  of  a  nutmeg 

around  the  neck Central  Kentucky 

1280.  If  you  go  to  sleep  on  the  flat  of  the  back,  you  will 
not  have  a  nightmare Mountains 

1281.  A  cure  for  nightmare  is  found  by  turning  the  shoes 

upside  down  with  the  toes  toward  the  head  of  the 
bed. 

1282.  A  pan  of  water  under  the  bed  prevents  night  sweats. 

1283.  In  slicing  onions,  place  a  pin  between  the  teeth,  to 
prevent  crying. 

1284.  For  a  fallen  palate,  the  hair  on  top  of  a  patient's 
head  is  pulled  "till  it  pops" ;  the  patient  at  the  same 
time  must  swallow  twice Western  Kentucky 

1285.  To  cure  phthisic,  you  must  measure  yourself  with 
a  broom-stick  and  then  put  the  broom-stick  upstairs 
where  you  will  never  see  it  again Mountains 

1286.  To  cure  phthisic,  stand  the  one  affected  against  a 
tree,  fasten  a  lock  of  his  hair  in  the  tree,  and  then 
cut  that  lock  off.    When  the  place  grows  over,  the 
sick  one  will  be  cured. 

1287.  Cockle-burr  tea  is  good  for  phthisic 

Central  Kentucky 

1288.  Cany  a  horse  chestnut  in  the  pocket,  to  avert  piles. 

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1289.  Carry  alum,  to  keep  off  piles Mountains 

1290.  To  cure  pheumonia,  place  a  part  of  a  freshly  killed 
chicken  on  the  chest Western  Kentucky 

1291.  A  dime  under  your  tongue  will  enable  you  to  eat 

without  danger  of  poison Central  Kentucky 

1292.  A  nutmeg  tied  around  the  neck  with  a  silk  cord 

prevents  quinsy. 

1293.  Carry  an  acorn  in  the  pocket,  to  prevent  rheuma- 
tism. 

1294.  A  piece  of  alum  carried  by  a  person  who  is  suffer- 

ing from  rheumatism  will  cure  the  disease. 

1295.  Wear  amber  beads  about  the  neck  for  rheumatism. 

1296.  To  cure  rheumatism,  fill  a  can  with  angleworms, 
let  it  stand  in  the  sun  all  day,  and  rub  the  oil  on 
the  stiff  joints. 

1297.  A  brass  ring  worn  on  the  left  thumb  prevents  rheu- 
matism. 

1298.  If  you  wear  a  brass  ring  on  the  middle  finger  of  the 

left  hand,  you  will  prevent  rheumatism 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

1299.  To  avert  rheumatism,  carry  a  horse-chestnut  in  the 
pocket. 

1300.  Put  a  bumble-bee  sting  between  the  fingers,  to  keep 

off  rheumatism. 

1301.  Use  carbon  from  an  arc-light  that  has  not  touched 

the  ground,  to  prevent  rheumatism. 

1302.  For  rheumatism,  wear  a  copper  wire  around  the 

affected  parts Northern  Kentucky 

1303.  Rheumatism  may  be  prevented  by  the  sufferer's 

sleeping  with  a  dog Mountains 

1304.  For  rheumatism,  wear  an  eel  skin  around  the  neck. 

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I :*().•>.    You  can  cure  your  rheumatism  by  carrying  elder 
leaves  in  your  pocket Mountains 

1306.  Wear  red  flannel  on  the  wrist,  to  cure  rheumatism 

Blue  Grass 

1307.  Carry  a  round  ham  bone,  to  avert  rheumatism. 

1308.  Bend  a  horse-shoe  nail  into  the  form  of  a  ring,  to 

avert  rheumatism. 

1309.  If  you  break  the  ice  in  winter  time  and  jump  into 
the  water,  the  bath  will  cure  rheumatism. 

1310.  Wear  a  lead  ring,  to  keep  off  rheumatism. 

1311.  For  rheumatism,  wear  a  nutmeg  around  the  neck. 

1312.  Pokeberries  are  thought  to  be  a  cure  for  rheuma- 
tism.   The  berry  mixed  with  whiskey  is  drunk  as  a 
tea.     The  dried  berry  gathered  in  the  fall  is  also 

made  into  tea.    The  raw  berry  is  also  eaten 

Mountains 

1313.  Rheumatism  is  treated  with  skunk  grease  or  red- 
worm  oil Western  Kentucky 

1314.  An  Irish  potato  in  the  pocket  may  avert  or  cure 

rheumatism.    If  the  potato  hardens,  it  will  cure  the 
ailment.    If,  however,  it  rots,  it  will  do  no  good. 

1315.  Carry  a  round  ham-bone  in  your  pocket,  to  avert 

rheumatism. 

1316.  Carry  a  potato  filled  with  tacks  in  your  pocket,  to 
keep  off  rheumatism Northern  Kentucky 

1317.  You  can  cure  your  rheumatism  by  crossing  your 

shoes  at  night Northern  Kentucky 

1318.  If  you  wish  to  keep  from  having  rheumatism,  place 

your  shoes  side  by  side  under  the  bed  at  night 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

1819.  Wear  a  silver  ring,  to  keep  off  rheumatism. 

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1320.  As  a  cure  for  rheumatism,  tie  a  red  string  around 

the  toe. 

1321.  A  white  silk  ribbon  worn  about  the  body  will  pre- 

vent rheumatism Blue  Grass 

1322.  A  belt  made  of  a  rattlesnake  skin  will  cure  rheu- 

matism    Mountains 

1323.  To  cure  rheumatism,  kill  a  rattlesnake  which  has 
had  no  chance  to  strike,  skin  it,  dry  the  remains, 
place  them  in  a  jug  of  corn  whiskey,  and  drink  the 
whiskey  Mountains 

1324.  Carry  sulphur  in  the  pocket  for  rheumatism 

Mountains 

1325.  To  cure  rheumatism,  bind  a  live  toad  to  the  back. 

The  pain  will  pass  from  the  back  of  the  sufferer 
into  the  toad Blue  Grass 

1326.  Put  a  string  of  yarn  around  the  neck,  to  keep  off 

rheumatism. 

1327.  You  can  cure  rheumatism  if  you  will  tie  a  wool 

string  around  your  ankle. 

1328.  To  cure  ringworms,  wet  the  index  finger  in  the 
mouth,  continue  to  move  it  in  a  circle  on  the  bot- 
tom of  a  used  pot,  chanting  this  incantation  the 
while : 

"Ringworm  round, 
Ringworm  red, 
Ringworm  die, 

To  make glad." 

The  person  afflicted  with  ring-worm  goes  through 
with  the  ceremony  using  his  given  name  in  the 
blank  space Mountains 

1329.  To  cure  a  ringworm,  let  some  one  rub  the  ringworm 

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with  each  of  his  fingers  wet  with  saliva.    Do  not 
let  him  see  the  ringworm Mountains 

1330.  To  cure  a  ringworm,  rub  around  it  nine  times  with 
a  thimble Mountains 

1331.  Scratch  a  cross  with  a  pin  on  the  finger,  to  make 
a  "run-around"  go  off Mountains 

1332.  For  shingles,  rub  the  sores  with  blood  obtained  from 
cutting  off  a  black  cat's  tail.    They  will  then  never 
meet Central  Kentucky 

1333.  For  shingles,  cut  off  a  black  cat's  tail  and  nail  the 
tail  against  a  door Mountains 

1334.  Kill  a  black  chicken,  and  put  the  blood  on  shingles, 
to  cure  them. 

1335.  To  cure  a  pain  in  the  side,  spit  on  the  bottom  of  a 
stone,  put  it  back  in  its  place,  and  repeat  rapidly 
an  indefinite  number  of  times,  until  the  pain  leaves 
your  side:     "Pain,  get  off  my  side;  pain,  get  off 
my  side" Mountains 

1336.  For  a  pain  in  the  side,  stoop  over  until  the  nose 
touches  the  ground. 

1337.  For  a  pain  in  the  side,  stoop  and  take  a  drink  of 
water  from  a  spring. 

1338.  Hops  in  the  pillow  are  soothing  and  induce  sleep. 

1339.  You  will  never  have  small-pox  so  long  as  you  carry 

an  onion  in  your  pocket Blue  Grass 

1340.  For  a  snake-bite,  bury  the  wounded  part  in  the 

earth. 

1341.  For  a  snake-bite,  put  grease  on  the  wound  and  let 

a  dog  lick  it Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

1342.  For  a  snake-bite,  tie  the  half  of  a  freshly  killed 

chicken  to  the  bitten  place Central  Kentucky 

1343.  If  a  snake  bites  you,  kill  the  snake,  split  it  open, 

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and  wrap  it  around  the  wounded  member 

Mountains 

1344.  Bind  the  liver  and  the  intestines  of  the  snake  to  its 

bite,  as  a  cure  for  snake-bite Blue  Grass 

1345.  A  rattlesnake-bite  is  cured  by  salt  and  fresh  pork . . 

Mountains 

1346.  A  piece  of  red  yarn  around  your  little  toe  will  take 

sores  off  your  feet Mountains 

1347.  Take  jimson-weed  and  fat  meat  on  a  penny  and 

apply  the  mixture  to  a  sore ;  it  will  stop  pain 

Louisville  Negroes 

1348.  A  sore  may  be  cured  by  a  dog's  licking  it 

Louisville  Negroes 

1349.  After  you  have  extracted  a  splinter  from  your  flesh, 

there  will  be  no  pain  if  you  put  the  splinter  in 
your  hair Louisville  Negroes 

1350.  Sprains  are  treated  with  goose  grease. 

Western  Kentucky 

1351.  For  insect  stings,  take  three  kinds  of  weeds  and 
rub  the  place  that  is  irritated. .  Southern  Kentucky 

1352.  To  cure  a  stone  bruise,  bind  a  live  toad  on  the  bruise. 
When  the  toad  dies,  the  bruise  will  disappear. 

1353.  Rub  a  black  cat's  tail  over  your  eye  nine  times,  to 

remove  a  sty. 

1354.  To  remove  a  sty,  steal  a  dish-cloth,  rub  the  sty  with 
it,  and  bury  the  dish-cloth  secretly. 

1355.  Rub  an  incipient  sty  with  a  plain  gold  ring  warmed 

by  friction  with  a  woolen  garment.    Pronounce  the 
following  couplet: 
"Sty,  sty,  leave  my  eye; 
Go  to  the  next  passer-by." 

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1356.  A  .sty  may  be  cured  by  one's  rubbing  it  with  a  wed- 
ding ring  that  has  been  blessed.  .Central  Kentucky 

1357.  Take  gravel  from  a  running  stream,  rub  it  on  a  sty 

or  other  place  of  pain,  and  then  replace  it 

Mountains 

1358.  If  any  one  has  a  sty  on  his  eye,  tell  him  he  has  told 

a  lie.    This  statement  will  relieve  him . .  Mountains 

1359.  If  some  one  on  seeing  that  you  have  a  sty  says  that 
it  is  a  sty  and  you  say  it  is  a  lie,  the  sty  will  go  off. 
Mountains 

1360.  If  you  wear  a  nutmeg  around  your  neck,  you  will 

cure  the  sty  on  your  eye. 

1361.  At  a  cross-roads  say:   "Sty,  sty,  leave  eye; 

Go  to  the  next  passer-by." 

1362.  Remove  a  sty  by  turning  three  times  on  the  heel  at 
a  cross-roads. 

1363.  If  you  have  a  sty,  walk  backwards  to  a  cross-roads 

and  spit  on  the  ground  three  times  over  the  right 
shoulder.  The  sty  will  leave  you  and  infect  the 
next  passer-by. 

1364.  Remove  a  sty  by  picking  up  a  rock,  spitting  on  it, 

and  returning  it  to  its  place. 

1365.  To  keep  off  sun-stroke,  put  a  wet  cabbage  leaf  on 
the  head. 

1366.  If  you  have  a  sun  pain  in  your  head,  clip  a  small 
bunch  of  hair  from  the  top  of  your  head  and  place 
it  in  a  branch  running  from  west  to  east .  Mountains 

1367.  If  you  have  a  tape-worm,  get  a  handful  of  the  bark 

of  the  root  on  the  north  side  of  a  mulberry  tree  and 
boil  it  in  a  gallon  of  new  milk;  take  this  mixture 
for  three  days  before  the  full,  and  three  days  be- 
fore the  change,  for  three  moons Blue  Grass 

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1368.  To  cure  tetter,  wear  a  brass  ring  on  your  thumb. . , 

Southern  Kentucky 

1369.  Thrush  in  a  child  can  be  cured  if  a  person  who  has 
never  seen  his  father  will  blow  his  breath  three 

times  into  the  child's  face  for  three  days 

Blue  Grass 

1370.  You  may  cure  thrush  by  putting  the  blood  of  a 
chicken  into  the  child's  mouth Mountains 

1371.  To  cure  thrush,  place  a  lock  of  the  child's  hair  into 
a  hole  in  a  tree Central  Kentucky 

1372.  Rainwater  from  a  stump  will  cure  thrush. 

1373.  Thrush  in  a  child  can  be  cured  by  washing  the 
child's  mouth  with  nine  sage  buds Mountains 

1374.  For  thrush,  take  three  bunches  of  green  sage  of 
three  buds   each;   rake   each  bunch  through   the 
mouth;  hang  the  three  bunches  before  the  fire; 
when  they  dry,  the  child  will  be  cured.  .Mountains 

1375.  The  seventh  son  or  daughter  by  blowing  into  the 

mouth  of  a  child  will  cure  thrush 

Western  Kentucky 

1376.  To  avert  thrush,  drink  water  from  a  man's  right 
shoe   Mountains 

1377.  You  can  cure  thrush  in  a  child  by  giving  him  to 

drink  water  that  has  been  tossed  in  a  stranger's 
right  shoe  from  heel  to  toe  three  times . .  Mountains 

1378.  Cure  thrush  by  having  the  child  drink  water  out 
of  an  old  shoe Mountains 

1379.  As  a  cure  for  thrush,  place  nine  sow-bugs   (little 

white  insects  found  under  stones  near  dwellings)  in 
a  small  sack  and  wear  it  around  the  neck  for  nine 
days. 

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1380.  To  cure  a  child  of  thrush,  let  a  stallion  snort  into 
the  child's  face Mountains 

1381.  The  wearing  of  amber  beads  around  the  neck  will 
help  teething Central  Kentucky 

1382.  Black  wooden  beads  worn  about  the  neck  will  avert 
the  pains  of  teething Blue  Grass 

1383.  Black  hen's  brains  make  babies'  teething  easy 

Central  Kentucky 

1384.  For  a  baby's  teething,  let  it  have  nine  pieces  of 

burdock  root  on  a  string  around  its  neck 

Central  Kentucky 

1385.  Rub  an  unbroken  egg  shell  on  a  baby's  gums,  to 

ease  the  pains  of  teething Mountains 

1386.  Suspend  a  borrowed  egg  in  a  paper  sack  from  the 
ceiling,  to  cause  the  baby  to  cut  its  teeth  easily .... 
Western  Kentucky 

1387.  Sore  gums  in  a  baby  may  be  cured  by  the  applica- 
tion of  a  groundhog's  brains Mountains 

1388.  Put  the  eye-tooth  of  a  hog  about  the  neck  of  a  child, 

to  keep  it  from  having  a  hard  second  summer. 
(This  tooth  is  found  with  a  hole  through  the  center) 
Central  Kentucky 

1389.  For  sore  gums,  let  the  child  wear  a  necklace  of 

"Job's  Tears"  (a  kind  of  smooth,  gray  bean)  about 
its  neck. 

1390.  To  aid  a  baby  in  cutting  its  teeth,  rub  a  minnow  or 
other  small  fish  on  the  baby's  gums ....  Mountains 

1391.  To  make  all  teething  pains  in  a  child  cease,  fasten 

about  its  neck  in  a  small  cloth  "poke"  or  bag  the 
right  front  paw  of  a  ground  mole. 

1392.  Make  a  baby's  teething  easy  by  putting  a  quarter 

of  a  dollar  around  its  neck. 

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1393.  For  teething,  cut  off  a  rabbit's  head,  roast  the  head 

with  the  hair  on,  take  the  brains  out,  and  rub  them 
on  the  gums Blue  Grass  Negroes 

1394.  Rub  warm  and  raw  rabbits'  brains  on  the  baby's 
gums    Mountains 

1395.  A  snail  or  slug  is  placed  on  the  gum  for  tooth-ache 

Western  Kentucky 

1396.  If  you  put  a  string  of  warm  seed  roots  about  a 

baby's  neck,  its  teething  will  not  be  painful 

Mountains 

1397.  For  teething,  use  a  necklace  of  whole  spice  soaked  in 
whiskey   Blue  Grass 

1398.  For  toothache,  make  the  gums  bleed,  put  the  blood 

on  a  long  cotton  string,  and  tie  the  string  around  a 
dogwood  tree  at  a  place  where  an  incision  has  been 
made  in  the  bark Western  Kentucky 

1399.  To  cure  a  toothache,  steal  a  dishrag  and  bury  it. . . 
North-eastern  Kentucky 

1400.  For  toothache  a  faith  doctor  writes,  "Gaffa,  gaffa, 
gaff  a,"  on  the  wall.    With  a  nail  he  points  at  each 
letter,  at  the  same  time  asking  the  sufferer  if  the 
tooth  feels  better.    When  he  reaches  a  letter  where 
the  tooth  is  said  to  be  better,  he  drives  in  the  nail, 
and  the  toothache  ceases Western  Kentucky 

1401.  If  you  keep  a  hog's  jaw  tooth,  you  will  not  have  a 
toothache   Mountains 

1402.  To  cure  toothache,  cut  a  wart  off  a  horse's  leg  and 
rub  it  on  the  gums Western  Kentucky 

1403.  For  toothache,  carry  the  skull  of  a  horse  as  far  as 

you  can,  holding  its  teeth  with  your  teeth , 

Mountains 

1404.  To  cure  toothache,  choke  a  mole  with  your  hands 

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behind  your  head  and  hang  one  of  its  feet  around 
your  neck  Mountains 

1405.  For  toothache,  secure  a  tooth  from  a  live  mole  and 

rub  this  on  the  aching  member .  Western  Kentucky 

1406.  Avert  or  cure  toothache  by  cutting  your  nails  on 

Friday. 

1407.  You  can  cure  toothache  by  promising  not  to  cut 

your  nails  or  do  similar  things  on  Sunday 

Mountains 

1408.  If  you  stand  a  person  against  a  tree  and  drive  a 
nail  into  the  tree  just  above  his  head,  this  process 
will  cure  toothache Western  Kentucky 

1409.  To  cure  toothache,  pick  your  tooth  with  a  poplar 
peg  until  it  bleeds,  then  wrap  a  yarn  string  around 
the  peg,  and  get  someone  to  bury  it.    Relief  will 
come  soon Central  Kentucky 

1410.  To  cure  toothache,  pick  up  a  rock,  spit  on  the  under 

side,  and  put  it  back  into  the  same  place .  Mountains 

1411.  If  after  your  tooth  is  pulled  you  throw  it  over  the 

left  shoulder  (or  put  it  under  a  rock),  you  will 
have  no  toothache Mountains 

1412.  Pick  your  aching  tooth  with  a  splinter  from  a  tree 

that  has  been  struck  by  lightning 

Western  Kentucky 

1413.  To  prevent  toothache,  make  a  wish  by  the  full  moon 

Mountains 

1414.  To  cure  toothache,  go  to  a  wood,  find  a  small  hick- 

ory tree,  take  your  knife,  stand  by  the  tree  and 
mark  the  place  even  with  your  mouth;  then  move 
back,  turn  up  the  bark,  spit  into  the  place,  and 
turn  the  bark  down  again.  If  it  grows  back,  your 
tooth  will  not  hurt  any  more Mountains 

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1415.  If  you  have  swollen  tonsils,  place  a  live  toad  against 

them.     The  swelling  will  disappear 

: Southern  Kentucky 

1416.  To  cure  abrasion  in  the  toe,  tie  a  yarn  string  around 
the  toe Mountains 

1417.  Place  hops  in  a  bag  or  in  your  clothes  as  a  cure  for 
train-sickness  or  sea-sickness. 

1418.  Put  Irish  potatoes  in  a  traveling  bag,  to  keep  off 
train-sickness. 

1419.  A  newspaper  inside  the  shirt  next  to  the  skin  will 
keep  off  train-sickness. 

1420.  To  prevent  train-sickness,  wear  a  piece  of  writing 
paper  on  the  chest. 

1421.  To  prevent  train-sickness,  wear  a  pair  of  soles  made 
of  butchers'  brown  paper .  North-eastern  Kentucky 

1422.  You  must  not  take  turpentine  externally  unless 
you  take  it  internally. 

1423.  For  typhoid,  cut  a  chicken  in  half  and  put  one  part 

against  the  sole  of  each  foot. 

1424.  Sprinkle  lime   around  the  house,   to   protect  the 
family  from  typhoid Mountains 

1425.  A  piece  of  onion  will  keep  off  typhoid.  .Mountains 

1426.  Tea  made  from  the  lining  of  a  chicken's  gizzard  will 
cure  vomiting. 

1427.  Tea  made  from  elder  bark  peeled  downward  will 
cure  vomiting Mountains 

1428.  Peach-tree  bark  taken  internally  will  cure  vomiting 

1429.  To  cause  vomiting,  put  a  wet  tobacco  leaf  beneath 
the  foot,  under  the  arm,  or  on  the  stomach. 

1430.  You  can  make  a  wart  go  away  by  burying  an  apple 

secretly  and  saying  this  charm : 

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"As  this  apple  decays,  so  let  my  wart  go  away" . . . 
Blue  Grass 

1431.  Make  an  incision  in  the  bark  of  an  apple  tree. 

When  the  place  grows  over,  your  wart  will  be  gone. 

1432.  Rub  the  wart  with  bacon  rind.     Bury  it  secretly. 
As  it  decays,  the  wart  will  disappear. 

1433.  Rub  the  warts  with  a  piece  of  bacon.    Tie  a  string 

around  the  bacon  and  bury  it  secretly.    The  warts 
will  leave  within  nine  days. 

1434.  Rub  the  wart  with  fresh  beefsteak,  tie  a  string 

around  the  steak,  and  bury  it  secretly.     The  wart 
will  leave  within  nine  days. 

1435.  Buy  five  cents  worth  of  candy,  eat  it  all,  and  your 
warts  will  disappear. 

1436.  For  a  wart  cure,  bury  one  bean  or  three  beans  se- 
cretly.   When  the  beans  sprout,  the  wart  will  be 
cured. 

1437.  Put  wart  blood  on  a  bean  leaf  and  bury  it  secretly 

The  wart  will  leave  within  nine  days. 

1438.  As  a  cure  for  a  wart,  put  blood  from  the  wart  on  a 

bean  leaf,  pour  water  on  the  rock,  and  leave  it.  The 
wart  will  disappear. 

1439.  Take  a  bean  leaf  and  squeeze  its  juice  onto  a  wart. 

The  wart  will  be  gone  in  three  days. 

1440.  Get  nine  bean  leaves  and  rub  them  nine  times  over 
your  wart;  then  bury  them  where  they  will  rot. 

1441.  Rub  the  wart  with  the  underside  of  a  round  or  ring 
bone.    Bury  the  bone  secretly.    Within  three  weeks 
the  wart  will  disappear. 

1442.  Kill  a  black  cat,  take  it  to  a  graveyard  at  midnight, 
and  rub  the  cat  on  the  wart. 

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1443.  To  make  a  wart  go  away,  wash  it  in  the  blood  of  a 
black  cat  which  was  killed  in  the  light  of  the  moon. 

1444.  Pick  the  wart  with  a  brass  pin.    Let  one  drop  of 
blood  fall  on  a  stone.    Cover  the  drop  with  another 
stone  and  then  bury  them  secretly. 

1445.  Put  castor  oil  on  a  wart. 

1446.  Rub  a  chicken  gizzard  or  chicken  intestine  on  a 
wart,  to  make  it  disappear. 

1447.  Rub  coffee  grounds  on  a  wart;  then  put  the  coffee 
grounds  into  a  bag  and  bury  them. 

1448.  If  you  have  warts,  put  as  many  cords  under  a  rock 
as  you  have  warts.    When  the  cords  rot,  the  warts 
will  disappear. 

1449.  To  cure  warts,  rub  seven  grains  of  corn  on  the 
warts ;  then  feed  the  corn  to  your  neighbor's  chick- 
ens. 

1450.  To  cure  a  wart,  cut  it,  take  ten  grains  of  corn,  and 
put  them  on  the  wart;  then  put  them  into  a  crawfish 
hole.     The  wart  will  go  off. 

1451.  Pick  a  wart  with  a  red  grain  of  corn  until  it  bleeds; 

then  give  the  grain  of  corn  to  a  red  rooster. 

1452.  Pick  the  wart,  put  the  blood  from  it  on  a  grain  of 
corn,  and  give  it  to  a  gander. 

1453.  Rub  a  wart  with  a  grain  of  corn,  and  drop  the  grain 

into  a  well;  when  it  rots  the  wart  will  disappear. 

1454.  Pick  the  largest  or  "seed"  wart  with  a  needle  until 
it  bleeds;  then  take  as  many  grains  of  corn  as  you 
have  warts  and  put  a  drop  of  blood  on  each.    Feed 
these  to  a  rooster. 

1455.  To  remove  warts,  pick  the  part  until  it  bleeds,  put 
the  blood  on  seven  grains  of  corn,  and  feed  them 
to  one  chicken. 

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1456.  Some  people  can  count  warts  off. 

1457.  Some  people  can  rub  a  wart  and  conjure  it  off. 

1458.  If  you  cut  a  cross  mark  on  a  tree  and  then  pick  the 
wart  until  it  bleeds  and  rub  the  blood  on  the  cross 
mark,  the  wart  will  leave  when  the  mark  goes  off 
the  tree. 

1459.  To  cure  a  wart,  go  to  a  cross-roads,  make  a  cross, 
and  spit  into  the  middle  of  it. 

1460.  Rub  a  wart  with  the  juice  of  a  dandelion,  to  make  it 

leave. 

1461.  If  you  have  warts,  wait  until  some  one  dies;  then 
just  at  midnight  go  to  the  graveyard  and  call  to  the 
devil.    He  will  take  away  the  warts. 

1462.  Rub  the  wart  with  an  old  dishrag   (some  say,  a 

stolen  dishrag) .  Bury  the  rag.  When  it  rots,  the 
wart  will  be  gone.  The  process  must  be  done  se- 
cretly. 

1 463.  In  the  use  of  a  stolen  dishrag  for  the  cure  of  a  wart, 
throw  it  over  your  left  shoulder  into  a  pond. 

1464.  Tie  a  dog's  hair  around  a  wart  very  tightly;  the 
wart  will  disappear. 

1465.  Steal  an  egg,  rub  it  over  the  wart,  and  then  bury 
it.     Do  not  tell  any  one  of  your  act.     The  wart 
will  disappear. 

1466.  Cut  your  finger-nail  to  the  quick.    When  it  grows 
out,  the  wart  will  be  gone. 

1467.  Catch  a  fish  and  rub  the  wart  with  it. 

1468.  Rub  the  wart  seven  times  with  a  gold  ring. 

1469.  Rub  a  wart  with  the  end  of  a  goose  quill. 

1470.  In  order  to  cure  a  wart,  place  a  fresh  piece  of  grape 

vine  over  the  wart;  then  bury  the  vine  in  a  secret 
place. 

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1471.  If  you  drop  some  dirt  from  a  new  grave  on  a  wart, 
it  will  go  away. 

1472.  Get  three  pieces  of  gravel  where  the  rain-water  falls 
on  them  off  the  house ;  apply  them  to  the  wart ;  then 
tie  them  in  a  white  rag  and  bury  them . .  Mountains 

1473.  To  remove  a  wart,  rub  it  with  nine  pieces  of  gravel, 
and  then  place  the  pieces  in  the  fork  of  the  roads .  . 
Mountains 

1474.  Select  an  herb  of  each  of  three  different  kinds.  Spit 
on  each  herb  and  touch  the  wart  with  it.    Bury  the 
herbs.    Tell  no  one.    The  wart  will  disappear. 

1475.  Cut  the  wart  off  with  a  horse  hair. 

1476.  Cut  the  wart  off  with  a  silk  thread. 

1477.  If  you  kiss  your  wart  and  then  kiss  some  one,  your 
wart  will  come  off Mountains 

1478.  Warts  may  be  removed  by  lemon  juice. 

1479.  As  a  cure  for  warts,  steal  a  piece  of  meat,  grease 
the  warts,  bury  the  meat  under  a  rail  fence  or  the 
eave  of  the  house.    When  the  meat  rots,  the  warts 
will  be  gone. 

1480.  Rub  the  juice  of  milk- weed  on  the  wart.    It  will  be 
cured  by  the  next  morning.     This  remedy  is  pos- 
sibly medicinal. 

1481.  When  you  see  the  new  moon,  pick  up  any  object 

on  which  your  foot  rests  and  rub  this  article  on 
the  wart ;  then  walk  backwards  ten  steps  and  throw 
the  object  over  your  right  shoulder.  Very  soon  the 
wart  will  disappear. 

1482.  If  you  look  at  the  new  moon  and  rub  your  hand 
over  the  wart  three  times,  saying  each  time,  "You 

grow  and  you  go,"  the  wart  will  disappear 

Mountains 

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1483.  When  you  see  a  new  moon,  rub  your  finger-tip 

around  the  wart.    It  will  leave. 

1484.  Rub  the  wart  with  a  stalk  of  green  mustard. 

1485.  To  remove  a  wart,  one  must  pick  it  until  it  bleeds, 
then  put  the  blood  on  a  rusty  nail,  and  drive  the 
nail  into  the  root  of  an  oak  tree. 

1486.  Give  the  warts  on  your  hand  names  that  you  have 
never  heard  of  and  make  some  good  wish  about 
them;  the  warts  will  go  off. 

1487.  To  cure  warts  on  cattle,  name  the  animal  that  has 
the  warts  "Tinny,"  and  call  it  always  by  that  name 
Southern  Kentucky 

1488.  Smoke  a  nettle  and  stick  it  in  the  wart;  then  throw 
the  nettle  away. 

1489.  Count  the  warts  each  night  for  nine  nights.    They 
will  leave. 

1490.  Let  a  friend  of  yours  cut  the  wart  on  your  hand  and 
then  put  a  drop  of  the  blood  on  a  piece  of  paper 
and  hide  it.    The  wart  will  leave. 

1491.  Cut  the  wart.     Put  a  drop  of  blood  on  a  piece  of 
the  wart  on  paper.     Throw  the  paper  away  at  a 
cross-roads  or  over  the  left  shoulder.    If  any  one 
picks  up  the  paper,  your  wart  will  pass  to  him.    Se- 
crecy must  be  observed. 

1492.  Rub  the  warts  with  peach-tree  leaves  and  bury  the 
leaves.    When  they  rot,  the  warts  will  leave. 

1493.  Go  unseen  to  a  young  peach-tree  and  cut  with  a 
butcher  knife  as  many  notches  in  the  tree  as  you 
have  warts.    Put  the  knife  back  into  its  place.    In 
seven  days  the  warts  will  go  away. 

1494.  Cut  three  notches  in  a  peach-tree  limb.    When  the 
notches  are  filled  up,  the  wart  will  be  gone. 

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1495.  To  remove  a  wart,  rub  a  penny  over  the  wart  for 
nine  mornings. 

1496.  Pick  the  wart  until  it  bleeds.     Split  the  bark  of  a 
persimmon  tree  and  put  the  blood  within.    When 

the  split  grows  up,  the  wart  will  leave 

Western  Kentucky 

1497.  If  someone  gives  you  a  pin  and  if  you  then  close 
your  eyes  and  turn  around  three  times,  your  wart 
will  disappear Central  Kentucky 

1498.  Pick  your  wart  with  a  pin;  blindfold  yourself  and 

stick  the  pin  into  the  ground;  the  wart  will  dis- 
appear   Southern  Kentucky 

1499.  Thrust  a  pin  entirely  through  a  wart;  heat  the  point 

of  the  pin;  pull  the  heated  point  back  through  the 
wart  Western  Kentucky 

1500.  Pick  a  wart  with  a  pin  that  has  never  been  used  and 
throw  it  where  it  can  never  be  found.    Your  wart 
will  disappear. Mountains 

1501.  To  remove  a  wart,  rub  it  with  a  pin  that  belongs  to 

someone  other  than  a  relation  of  yours.    Then  hide 
the  pin Western  Kentucky 

1502.  The  warts  will  go  away  if  you  give  a  girl  who  is  not 

related  to  you  a  pin  or  anything  like  a  pin 

Mountains 

1503.  Put  poke-root  on  the  warts,  to  remove  them. 

1504.  If  you  rub  a  wart  with  a  fresh  piece  of  potato  once 

or  twice  each  day,  it  will  fall  out  within  two  weeks. 

1505.  Throw  a  piece  of  potato  over  your  left  shoulder. 
When  the  potato  sprouts,  your  wart  will  be  cured. 

1506.  If  you  boil  potatoes  and  wash  your  hands  in  the 
juice,  your  warts  will  leave. 

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1507.  Rub  a  person's  wart  three  times;  on  the  third  time 

say,  "Father,  Son  and  Holy  Ghost" .  .  .  Mountains 

1508.  Pick  a  wart  until  it  bleeds;  rub  salt  over  it;  wrap 
the  salt  up  in  a  piece  of  paper;  throw  the  paper  into 
the  road.    The  wart  will  disappear. 

1,509.  Cut  as  many  notches  in  a  sassafras  root  as  you  have 
warts;  plant  the  root;  if  it  grows,  the  warts  will 
leave  Mountains 

1510.  Call  each  wart  by  the  name  of  a  preacher,  cut  a 
notch  for  each  one  in  a  sassafras  stick,  and  stick  it 
into  the  ground  up  to  the  first  notch.     The  warts 
will  then  disappear Mountains 

1511.  Cure  a  wart  by  selling  it  to  someone  and  keeping 
the  money. 

1512.  Warts  may  be  cured  by  the  touch  of  the  seventh 

son  of  a  seventh  son,  who  must  utter  the  words. 
"Go  away,  wart."  No  pay  must  be  offered  to  the 
healer. 

1513.  Tie  a  black  silk  thread  around  the  wart.    When  the 
thread  wears  out,  the  wart  will  disappear. 

1514.  Rub  the  warts  with  a  snail  obtained  from  the  woods ; 

place  the  snail  on  a  stick;  when  the  snail  crawls 
away  from  the  stick,  the  warts  will  be  gone. 

1515.  Spit  on  a  wart  and  rub  it  seven  times  upward  with 
the   finger   while   someone   chants    a   hocus-pocus 
rhyme Western  Kentucky 

15UJ.  Rub  a  steel  ring  on  a  rug,  and  then  touch  the  wart 
It  will  be  gone  at  the  end  of  three  weeks. 

1  "'17.  Cut  as  many  notches  in  a  stick  as  you  have  warts, 
and  place  it  under  the  drip  of  the  house.  When  it 
nuns,  the  warts  will  go  off Mountains 

151 H.   Measure  each  wart  with  a  stick,  and  break  off  the 

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piece.    Bury  the  pieces  of  stick.    When  they  rot, 
the  warts  will  be  gone. 

1519.  Get  a  stone  at  midnight,  spit  on  it,  and  put  it  on  a 
rafter  in  the  attic.     In  eight  weeks  turn  it  over. 
Secrecy  must  be  observed. 

1520.  Touch  each  wart  with  a  stone,  and  speak  certain 
secret  words  of  charm.    The  warts  will  leave. 

1521.  Go  out  secretly  in  the  morning,  rub  a  stone  on  the 
wart,  and  put  the  stone  back  exactly  as  you  found 
it.    Repeat  this  action  daily  until  the  wart  disap- 
pears. 

1522.  A  good  cure  for  warts  is  to  prick  them  with  a  broom 

straw,  and  then  break  the  straw  into  as  many  pieces 
as  there  are  warts. 

1523.  Get  a  piece  of  straw  for  every  wart;  touch  each 
wart  with  a  separate  straw.    Bury  the  straws  in  a 
wet  place.    When  they  rot,  the  warts  will  be  gone. 

1524.  Pick  three  straws  from  a  broom.     Rub  the  wart 
three  times.    Bury  the  straws  where  water  drops. 
When  the  straws  rot,  the  cure  is  effected.     This 
process  must  be  done  secretly. 

1525.  Rub  a  bundle  of  straws  over  a  wart,  and  place  it 
in  a  path  where  it  will  be  picked  up.    If  some  one 
picks  the  bundle  up,  the  wart  will  go  away  within 
a  month. 

1526.  A  witch-doctor  takes  a  flat  stick  and  cuts  a  notch 

for  each  of  your  warts.    Then  he  chants:    "Come, 
witches,  take  these  warts  away."    He  then  hides  the 

stick.    When  it  is  moved,  the  warts  will  leave 

Mountains 

1527.  Take  a  string  out  of  a  dish  rag,  tie  as  many  knots 
in  it  as  you  have  warts  on  your  hand,  and  bury  it 

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under  a  rock.    When  it  rots,  the  warts  will  disap- 
pear. 

1528.  Let  someone  tie  a  string  into  a  knot  on  the  wart, 
and  then  hide  it  in  a  place  unknown  to  the  afflicted 
person.    When  the  string  rots,  the  wart  disappears. 

1529.  To  cure  a  wart,  walk  backwards  in  the  moonlight 
to  an  old  stump  full  of  water  and  stick  your  hand 
into  the  water. 

1530.  In  order  to  remove  a  wart,  you  must  get  up  some 
morning  without  speaking  to  anyone  or  allowing 
anyone  to  speak  to  you  and  walk  down  the  steps 
backward  and  out  of  the  house  to  a  thorn  bush, 
Take  a  thorn  from  the  bush,  and  stick  it  into  your 
coat;  then  address  the  thorn  bush:     "Mr.  Thorn, 
I  wish  to  trade  you  my  warts  for  a  thorn." 

1531.  Tie  a  black  thread  around  the  wart,  and  then  put 
the  thread  where  the  water  drips  off  the  house .... 
Mountains 

1532.  Put  a  thread  on  the  wart;  then  take  the  thread,  and 
let  some  one  bury  it  in  a  place  you  do  not  know. 
When  the  thread  rots,  the  warts  will  come  off. 

1533.  Any  old  woman  who  is  possessed  of  supernatural 

power  will  remove  your  warts  for  so  many  pins . . . 
Mountains 

1534.  Point  the  fingers  at  a  wart  and  say  "Tige"  three 
times.    It  will  go  away. 

1535.  In  order  to  cure  your  warts,  put  tobacco  juice  on 
them. 

1536.  To  remove  your  warts,  rub  a  broken  toothpick  on 
them. 

1537.  If  someone  rubs  your  wart  twenty-five  times,  it 

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will  leave  your  hand  and  go  to  his 

Central  Kentucky 

1538.  Stick  a  toothpick  dipped  in  vinegar  into  your  wart. 
It  will  leave. 

1539.  Rub  the  wart  with  half  of  a  green  walnut  and  then 

bury  the  pieces  of  walnut Western  Kentucky 

1540.  If  you  tie  three  knots  in  a  red  yarn  string  and  throw 
it  into  the  fire,  the  warts  will  leave  your  hands. 

1541.  To  cure  a  wart,  hold  your  hand  so  deep  in  water 
that  you  cannot  see  the  wart Mountains 

1542.  To  awaken  a  sleeping  part  of  the  body,  wet  your 
finger,  and  make  a  cross  on  that  part  of  the  body. 

1543.  No  matter  how  much  contaminated  water  may  be, 

it  will  be  purified  when  it  has  passed  over  nine 
pebbles   Mountains 

1544.  To  remove  a  wen,  wish  it  away  with  a  formula,  and 
strike  it  with  a  book. 

1545.  If  you  have  a  wen  on  your  hand,  rub  it  against  a 

dead-man's  neck,  to  make  it  go  wway 

Louisville  Negroes 

1546.  To  cure  a  wen  on  your  neck,  place  a  string  around 
the  neck  of  a  deceased  friend  of  yours  and  after- 
ward wear  it  around  your  own  neck 

Louisville  Negroes 

1547.  To  keep  off  whooping-cough,  wear  a  black  velvet 
band  around  the  neck Blue  Grass  Negroes 

1548.  A  tea  made  from  white  ants  will  cure  whooping- 
cough  \ Louisville  Negroes 

1549.  You  will  cure  a  pain  in  your  leg  if  you  tie  a  string 

around  your  leg  just  above  the  knee 

Western  Kentucky 


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FIRE 

1.5.50.  To  play  with  fire  will  bring  bad  luck. 

1.5.51.  A  child  that  plays  with  fire  will  wet  its  bed. 
1.5.V2.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  burn  bones. 

1.5.53.  If  you  burn  the  skin  of  onions,  you  will  receive 
money Lousiville  Negroes 

1.5.54.  If  you  burn  an  egg-shell,  you  will  get  money 

Louisville  Negroes 

1.5.5.5.  If  the  fire  roars,  there  will  be  a  quarrel  in  the  family. 
1556.  Some  negroes  can  foretell  the  arrival  of  strangers 

by  the  presence  of  figures  in  the  fire. 
1.5.57.  If  a  piece  of  burning  wood  or  coal  rolls  from  the 

fire-place,  a  stranger  is  coming. 

1558.  To  avert  the  coming  of  a  stranger  when  a  piece  of 
burning  wood  or  coal  rolls  from  the  fire-place,  spit 
on  the  burning  pieces. 

1559.  Name  a  piece  of  burning  wood  or  coal  when  it  falls 

from  the  fireplace  the  person  you  wish  to  see,  and 
then  spit  on  it. 

1560.  If  a  log  falls  out  of  the  fireplace,  put  it  back  in  the 

same  position  as  it  was  before  falling.    If  you  do 
not,  you  will  have  bad  luck ....  Louisville  Negroes 

1.5(51.  You  must  not  turn  a  log  of  wood  over  in  the  fire, 
for  you  will  have  bad  luck;  and  if  a  piece  falls 
down,  you  must  not  turn  it  around  when  you  re- 
place it. 

1.5(52.  When  fire  pops,  there  will  be  a  quarrel  in  the  fam- 
ily. The  one  that  punches  the  fire  will  start  the 
quarrel. 

1.5(5.3.  To  avoid  a  quarrel  in  the  family,  stir  the  fire  when 

it  pops. 
.  If  a  spark  pops  out  of  the  fire,  company  is  coming. 

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KENTUCKY  .SUPERSTITIONS 

1565.  In  making  a  garment,  if  the  fire  pops  upon  it,  you 
will  die  before  it  is  finished. 

1566.  To  avert  the  disaster  that  follows  the  popping  of 
fire  upon  your  dress,  throw  salt  into  the  fire. 

1567.  If  a  spark  from  a  fire  falls  behind  you,  you  will  have 
trouble  that  comes  from  behind  you. 

1568.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  move  into  a  house  before  the 

fire  left  by  the  last  tenants  has  died  out 

Western  Kentucky 

1569.  If  the  soot  hangs  from  the  bars  of  a  grate,  some  one 
is  coming Mountains 

1570.  If  soot  on  the  back  of  a  fire-place  catches  fire  and 

if  sparks  creep  and  crawl  along  it,  you  will  have 
fresh  meat. 

1571.  If  a  fire  goes  out  before  the  fuel  is  consumed,  there 
will  be  bad  luck. 

1572.  If  a  tree  is  struck  by  lightning,  the  fire  may  be  put 

out  by  milk  but  not  by  water. 

1573.  If  you  burn  the  wood  of  a  tree  that  has  been  struck 
by  lightning,  there  will  be  a  death  in  your  family . . 
Mountains 

HOUSEHOLD  AND  DOMESTIC  LIFE1 

1574.  If  the  stone  step  of  a  newly  built  house  cracks,  there 
will  be  an  early  death  in  the  family 

1575.  If  a  board  warps  in  a  porch,  you  may  expect  a  death 
in  the  family. 

1576.  To  build  a  new  house  where  an  old  one  stood  will 
cause  a  death  in  the  family. 

1577.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  cut  a  door  or  a  window  in  a 

i  For  dates  of  moving  see  Days  and  Seasons.    For  the  connection  of  witches 
and  butter,  see  Witches. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

house  after  it  is  built.    If  you  cut  a  new  door  in  an 
old  house,  there  will  be  a  death  in  your  family. 

1578.  When  dirt  is  lifted,  if  it  is  thrown  away  from  the 
house,  there  will  be  good  luck  for  the  household. 

1579.  It  causes  bad  luck  when  dirt  is  lifted,  if  it  is  thrown 
toward  the  house. 

1580.  If  a  chimney  is  blown  from  your  house  during  a 
storm,  you  will  have  good  luck  if  it  falls  on  the 
right  of  the  house Blue  Grass 

1581.  If  you 'build  a  new  house  and  move  at  once  into  it, 
one  of  the  family  will  die. 

1582.  If  you  give  an  entertainment  upon  moving  into  a 
new  house,  you  will  have  good  luck. 

1583.  If  when  you  move  into  a  new  house  you  take  into  it 
first  a  basket  of  food,  you  will  have  good  luck  and 
a  sufficiency  of  food Blue  Grass* 

1584.  If  you  take  a  cat  with  you  when  you  move,  you  will 
have  three  years  of  bad  luck Mountains 

1585.  It  brings  good  luck,  when  you  move  into  a  newly 
built  house,  to  hang  a  bag  of  salt  in  the  kitchen  be- 
hind the  stove Mountains 

1586.  When  she  moves,  the  woman  should  not  enter  the 
new  home  without  salt Mountains 

1587.  When  you  move,  do  not  take  salt  into  the  house 
first. 

1588.  To  carry  an  old  broom  to  a  new  house  brings  bad 
luck. 

1589.  In  moving  into  a  new  house,  do  not  take  the  broom 

in  first. 

1590.  It  brings  good  luck,  when  you  move  into  a  new 
home,  to  take  the  handle  of  the  broom  in  first. 

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1591.  You  must  never  take  your  broom  with  you  when 
you  move. 

1592.  In  taking  up  residence  at  a  new  place,  throw  a 
broom  before  you  through  the  front  door. 

1593.  Never  move  from  a  house  without  throwing  a  broom 

over  it. 

1594.  To  sweep  a  house  after  the  moving  is  done  will  bring 
bad  luck. 

1595.  If  you  are  hit  by  a  broom,  you  will  be  arrested. 

1596.  If  you  hit  a  person  with  a  broom,  he  will  spend  the 
greater  part  of  his  life  in  prison. 

1597.  If  the  person  struck  with  a  broom  spits  on  the 
broom,  he  averts  the  prison  omen. 

1598.  If  you  hit  a  person  with  a  broom,  you  will  make 
him  lazy. 

1599.  To  step  over  a  broom  is  a  sign  of  slovenliness. 

1600.  If  you  step  over  a  broom  when  it  is  on  the  floor, 
you  will  have  bad  luck. 

1601.  To  step  backward  over  a  broom  brings  bad  luck. 

1602.  It  brings  good  luck  to  fall  over  a  broom  handle. 

1603.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  hand  a  person  a  broom  from 
a  window. 

1604.  It  is  unwise  to  carry  a  broom  from  the  front  door 
through  the  house  to  the  back. 

1605.  If  a  broom  falls  in  front  of  a  door,  there  will  be  dis- 

aster to  the  one  who  goes  through  that  door. 

1606.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  place  a  broom  with 

the  handle  above. 

1607.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  lean  a  broom  against  a  bed. 

1608.  If  you  drop  a  great  many  broom-straws  out  of  a 
broom,  you  will  have  good  luck. 

1609.  If  a  bunch  of  straws  comes  out  of  the  broom  when 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

you  are  sweeping,  name  it  and  place  it  over  the 
door.    The  person  named  will  call. 

1610.  If  you  drop  a  broom  while  you  are  sweeping,  you 
will  get  a  new  carpet. 

1611.  Do  not  sweep  under  one's  feet,  for  he  will  never  be 
rich. 

1612.  If  you  sweep  under  a  sick  person's  bed,  he  will  die, 

1613.  If  you  let  any  one  sweep  under  your  feet  with  a 
broom,  you  will  have  bad  luck. 

1614.  If  you  let  some  one  sweep  under  your  feet,  you  will 
never  be  married. 

1615.  If  you  sweep  your  feet  with  a  broom,  you  will  never 
be  married. 

1616.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  sweep  dirt  from  a  room  out 

of  the  door. 

1617.  If  you  sweep  dirt  out  of  your  door  during  the  first 

part  of  the  week,  you  will  have  bad  luck  all  the 
week. 

1618.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  stir  the  fire  with  a  broom. 

1619.  If  the  broom  falls  across  the  doorway,  someone  will 

call. 

1620.  If  two  people  sweep  a  floor  together,  they  may  ex- 

pect bad  luck. 

1621.  If  you  sweep  after  dark,  you  will  bring  sorrow  to 
your  heart. 

1622.  If  you  sweep  djrt  out  of  the  house  at  night,  before 

a  month  is  over  a  member  of  the  family  will  be 
carried  out  the  door  a  corpse. 

1623.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  sweep  a  porch  after  night. 

1624.  If  you  take  up  ashes  or  sweep  them  out  after  four 
o'clock  in  the  afternoon,  you  will  have  bad  luck. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

1625.  If  you  sweep  the  house  after  the  sun  goes  down, 
you  may  expect  a  man  caller. 

1626.  If  you  move  the  furniture  in  your  sitting  room 
every  month,  you  will  have  good  luck. 

1627.  Never  put  your  foot  on  a  bed,  for  you  will  have  bad 
luck. 

1628.  If  spinning  rolls  are  not  laid  in  the  same  direction 
in  which  they  come  off  the  cards,  they  will  not  spin 
Mountains 

1629.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  sit  on  a  trunk. 

1630.  If  you  turn  a  chair  around,  whoever  sits  down  in  it 
will  have  bad  luck  all  of  his  life. 

1631.  You  will  shorten  your  days  if  you  turn  a  chair 

around  on  one  leg. 

1632.  To  turn  a  chair  around  on  one  leg  is  a  sign  that  you 
will  soon  get  a  whipping. 

1633.  To  avert  the  disaster  incident  to  turning  a  chair 
around,  turn  it  in  the  reverse  direction. 

1634.  It  causes  bad  luck  for  anyone  to  put  a  foot  on  your 

chair. 

1635.  If  one  unconsciously  turns  a  chair,  a  calf  will  die. . 

Mountains 

1636.  Two  chairs  with  their  backs  together  promise  good 
luck. 

1637.  Two  chairs  set  back  to  back  accidentally  promise 
company. 

1638.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  a  chair  or  a  table  to  creak. 

1639.  The  rocking  of  an  empty  rocking-chair  indicates 
the  coming  of  bad  luck. 

1640.  To  rock  a  chair  when  no  one  is  in  it,  is  a  sign  that 
you  are  rocking  someone  out  of  the  family. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

1641.  To  avert  the  bad  luck  incident  to  rocking  an  unoc- 
cupied chair,  one  may  place  a  pillow  in  the  chair. 

1642.  If  you  sit  on  the  front  edge  of  your  chair,  you  are 
of  a  grasping  disposition Blue  Grass 

1643.  It  is  a  sign  of  death  if  an  old  clock  strikes  that  has 
not  been  running. 

1644.  If  an  old  clock  that  has  not  been  running  strikes, 

one  of  the  family  will  die  in  the  number  of  years 
indicated  by  the  number  of  the  strokes. 

1645.  If  a  weight  in  the  family  clock  falls,  there  will  be  a 

death  in  the  family. 

1646.  If  the  clock  ticks  loudly  at  midnight,  there  will  be 

a  death  in  the  family. 

1647.  If  the  family  clock  stops,  there  will  be  a  death  in 
the  family. 

1648.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  have  two  clocks  running  in  one 
house Mountains 

1649.  A  watch-tick  sound  in  the  wall  is  the  sign  of  a  death 

in  the  family.     A  "death-ticking"  in  some  article 
of  furniture  is  a  sign  of  death. 

1650.  If  you  hear  the  furniture  creaking,  bad  luck  will 

follow. 

1651.  If  you  hear  the  furniture  crack  in  the  night,  there 
will  be  a  death. 

1652.  A  creaking  wall  indicates  death. 

1653.  To  go  in  at  one  door  and  out  at  another  indicates 
that  you  will  have  company. 

1654.  A  person  will  have  bad  luck  who  goes  in  at  one  door 

and  out  at  another. 

1655.  To  stumble  when  going  upstairs  is  a  sign  that  you 
will  receive  a  letter. 

1656.  To  hang  out  clothes  after  dark  brings  bad  luck. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

1657.  To  shake  out  a  table-cloth  after  dark  brings  ill  luck. 

1658.  If  you  take  a  hoe  or  a  spade  into  the  house,  someone 
will  dig  your  grave. 

1659.  If  a  hoe  is  carried  through  one  door  and  out  at  an- 

other, the  youngest  member  of  the  family  will  die. 

1660.  If  you  carry  a  hoe  through  the  house,  your  calf  will 
die    Mountains 

1661.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  throw  a  hoe  over  the  fence. 

1662.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  carry  an  axe  into  the  house. 

1663.  Avert  the  bad  luck  of  carrying  a  spade  or  an  axe 

into  the  house  by  carrying  the  implement  out  the 
same  way  that  it  was  brought  in. 

1664.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  step  on  an  axe Mountains 

1665.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  draw  a  rake  or  a  hoe  across  a 
porch. 

1666.  If  you  carry  a  plant  into  the  house  through  one 

door,  you  must  take  it  out  through  the  same  door, 
or  a  person  in  your  family  will  soon  die .  Blue  Grass 

1667.  If  you  pour  some  of  the  first  of  each  milking  into 
the  creek,  the  cow  will  not  go  dry. 

1668.  In  milking  if  you  throw  milk  on  the  ground,  the 
cow  will  go  dry.    Throw  it  into  the  running  water. 

1669.  Lightning  and  thunder  will  sour  milk. 

1670.  If  you  lend  a  churn,  your  cow  will  go  blind  or  suffer 

some  other  disaster Mountains 

1671.  You  cannot  make  butter  when  elders  are  in  bloom. 

Mountains 

1672.  Hold  a  buttercup  under  your  chin.     If  it  casts  a 

reflection  upon  your  chin,  you  like  butter 

Mountains 

1673.  If  while  currying  a  horse  you  drop  a  curry-comb 

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or  brush,  you  will  miss  your  aim  that  day  in  hunt- 
ing. 

1674.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  knock  a  vase  off  a  mantel.  . .  . 

Blue  Grass 

1675.  If  you  iron  the  hem  of  your  husband's  shirt,  you  iron 
his  money  away Central  Kentucky 

1676.  It  brings  good  luck  to  bury  your  fish  bones 

Mountains 

1677.  If  a  working  woman  leaves  the  place  of  her  employ- 

ment after  five  o'clock  in  the  afternoon  without  at 
least  a  morsel  of  food  in  her  pocket,  she  will  be 
without  food  the  next  day Blue  Grass 

1678.  If  a  working  woman  in  leaving  the  place  of  her  em- 
ployment after  five  o'clock  in  the  afternoon  turns 
back  for  a  forgotten  morsel  of  bread,  she  will  have 

bad  luck.    The  bread  must  be  brought  to  her 

Blue  Grass. 

1679.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  the  kettle  to  move  on  the 
hearth  without  apparent  cause. 

1680.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  the  door  to  push  in  and  out 
without  wind. 

1681.  If  your  thread  knots,  you  will  die  before  the  article 
that  is  being  made  is  worn  out. 

1682.  If  while  hemming  a  napkin  you  prick  your  finger 

and  the  blood  gets  on  the  napkin,  you  will  die  be- 
fore it  wears  out Blue  Grass 

1683.  If  two  people  sew  on  the  same  piece  at  the  same 

time,  the  older  will  outlive  the  younger. 

1684.  If  you  accidentally  drop  a  needle  and  it  sticks  into 
the  floor,  some  one  is  coming. 

1685.  To  hang  up  the  calendar  before  the  old  year  is  out 
will  bring  you  bad  luck. 

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1686.  If  you  walk  over  a  rug  and  turn  up  the  edge,  you 
will  have  bad  luck. 

1687.  If  you  walk  back  over  a  rug  which  you  have  turned 

up  at  the  edge,  you  will  avert  the  bad  luck. 

1688.  To  pass  any  one  on  the  stairs  causes  bad  luck. 

1689.  If  you  stand  in  a  friend's  open  door,  you  will  bring 
bad  luck  to  that  friend. 

1690.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  walk  through  a  door 
backward Western  Kentucky 

1691.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  go  through  a  doorway  when 

some  one  is  sitting  in  it. 

1692.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  bump  against  any  one 

while  you  pass  through  a  door. 

1693.  Do  not  knock  on  your  own  door.  Western  Kentucky 

1694.  Never  hang  any  thing  on  a  door  knob. 

1695.  If  you  break  a  glass  door  or  a  window,  you  are  cer- 
tain to  have  bad  luck. 

1696.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  shake  hands  across  a  door-silL 

1697.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  jump  out  of  a  window  unless 
you  jump  in  again  backward. 

1698.  Shaking  hands  over  a  fence  or  a  gate  is  unlucky. 

1699.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  close  an  open  gate. 

1700.  It  is  unlucky  to  touch  an  open  gate. 

1701.  A  bed  should  head  toward  the  north. 

1702.  Never  sleep  with  your  head  toward  the  east. 

1703.  You  must  not  place  your  bed  with  the  head  to  the 
west,  as  that  position  is  the  one  in  which  the  dead 
are  buried. 

1704.  If  you  lie  with  your  head  out  the  door,  you  will  die 

before  the  year  is  out Blue  Grass 

1705.  If  you  lie  with  your  head  toward  the  fire,  you  will 
be  ill. 

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1706.  "Early  to  bed  and  early  to  rise, 

You'll  be  healthy,  wealthy,  witty  and  wise." 

1707.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  get  into  bed  over  the  foot- 
board. 

1708.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  climb  over  any  one  in  bed. 

1709.  If  you  get  into  bed  on  the  side  opposite  to  the  one 
you  are  used  to  getting  in,  you  will  have  bad  luck. 

1710.  If  you  go  to  bed  backwards,  you  will  have  pleasant 

dreams. 

1711.  If  you  say  your  prayers  after  going  to  bed,  you  say 
them  to  the  Devil Central  Kentucky 

1712.  If  you  go  to  bed  thirsty,  your  spirit  will  wander  off 

and  drink  from  foul  mud-puddles Negroes 

1713.  If  you  go  to  bed  very  happy,  you  will  awake  ill  the 

next  morning. 

1714.  If  you  laugh  in  bed,  you  will  cry  before  morning. 

1715.  If  you  whistle  in  bed,  you  will  cry  before  you  retire 

again. 

1716.  To  sing  in  bed  brings  bad  luck. 

1717.  If  a  solid  crown  of  feathers  is  found  in  a  pillow, 
misfortune  will  fall  on  the  household. 

1718.  If  a  cross  of  feathers  is  found  in  a  pillow,  misfor- 
tune will  fall  on  the  household. 

1719.  If  you  get  up  in  the  morning  with  a  feather  in  your 
hair,  you  have  slept  one  hour  late Mountains 

1720.  If  a  person  walking  in  his  sleep  is  awakened,  the 
awakening  will  kill  him. 

1721.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  three  people  to  make  up  one 

bed. 

1722.  Never  put  a  broom  on  the  bed;  it  brings  bad  luck. 

1723.  To  lay  an  umbrella  on  the  bed  causes  bad  luck. 

1724.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  raise  an  umbrella  over  any 

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one's  head  in  the  house.     He  will  not  grow  any 
more. 

1725.  If  you  raise  an  umbrella  in  the  house,  you  will  have 

bad  luck. 

1726.  If  a  man  gives  a  woman  an  umbrella,  bad  luck  will 
follow Louisville  Negroes 

1727.  New  sheets  must  not  be  slept  in  unlaundered,  as  the 

occupant  will  have  bad  luck. 

1728.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  keep  a  quilt  of  hexagonal  pat- 
tern.     This   pattern   is   sometimes   called   "Job's 
Trouble" Central  Kentucky 

1729.  In  quilting,  if  you  leave  out  a  line,  one  in  the  fam- 
ily will  die Mountains 

1730.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  you  use  tablecloths, 

towels,  and  the  like  before  they  are  laundered. 

1731.  If  two  people  use  a  towel  at  the  same  time,  they 
will  fight. 

1732.  "Wash  and  wipe  together, 
You'll  be  good  friends  forever." 

or 

"Wash  and  wipe  together, 
Live  and  love  forever." 

1733.  Do  not  empty  the  water  that  someone  else  has 

washed  in,  as  a  quarrel  will  follow. 

1734.  If  you  wash  in  the  same  water  that  some  one  else 

has  used,  the  two  of  you  will  quarrel. 

1735.  When  a  candle  is  allowed  to  burn  entirely  out,  a 

death  will  follow. 

1736.  If  a  short  flame  rises  from  the  candle,  expect  a  small 
stranger Central  Kentucky 

1737.  If  a  long,  straight  flame  rises  from  the  candle,  ex- 
pect a  tall  stranger Central  Kentucky 

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1738.  If  a  candle  flame,  instead  of  being  straight,  spreads 

around  the  tallow,  it  forms  a  winding  sheet  and  is 
prophetic  of  death. 

1739.  A  spark  on  the  wick  of  a  candle  flame  is  the  sign 

that  you  are  to  receive  a  letter .  .  Central  Kentucky 

1740.  If  a  guest  blows  out  a  candle,  he  will  come  again. 

1741.  If  there  are  three  candlesticks  in  a  row,  you  must 
move  them  to  different  parts  of  the  room  before 
lighting  them. 

1742.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  let  a  lamp  go  out.    You  should 

blow  it  out. 

1743.  If  a  lamp  goes  out  in  the  room,  there  will  be  a  death 

in  the  family. 

1744.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  bring  a  lighted  lamp  into  a 
room  where  there  is  one  already  lighted. 

1745.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  put  two  lamps  on  a 
table  at  one  time. 

1746.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  have  three  lighted  lamps  in  a 
room. 

1747.  If  you  light  a  lamp  after  you  sit  down  at  the  table, 

some  one  will  die Southern  Kentucky 

1748.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  a  lamp  chimney  breaks  in 

your  hand. 

1749.  As  many  times  as  it  takes  you  to  blow  out  the  lamp, 

just  so  many  lies  have  you  told Blue  Grass 

1750.  If  your  lamp  chimney  breaks  after  you  have  gone 

to  bed,  there  will  be  a  death  in  the  family 

Blue  Grass 

1751.  It  brings  good  luck  to  drop  a  knife  if  the  blade 
sticks   into   the   ground.      The   direction   towards 
which  the  knife  points  is  the  one  from  which  the 

fortune  will  come. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

1752.  If  you  drop  a  table-knife,  you  will  have  a  disap- 
pointment. 

1753.  If  you  drop  a  knife  at  the  table,  the  one  who  picks 
it  up  will  have  good  luck Blue  Grass 

1754.  Do  not  give  a  sharp  instrument  to  a  friend  of  yours; 

if  you  do,  trouble  will  follow. 

1755.  Avert  the  ill  luck  that  comes  from  giving  a  sharp 

instrument  to  a  friend  by  sticking  the  friend  with 
the  sharp  point. 

1756.  Avert  the  ill  luck  that  arises  from  giving  a  sharp 
instrument  to  a  friend  by  receiving  a  penny. 

1757.  If  a  person  lends  you  a  knife  open,  return  it  open, 

1758.  If  a  person  hands  you  a  knife  shut,  return  it  shut. 

1759.  It  brings  good  luck  to  find  a  knife  open .  Mountains 

1760.  "A  dull  knife,  a  dull  wife" Mountains 

1761.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  sit  on  a  pair  of  scissors. ..... 

Mountains 

1762.  To  sing  at  the  table  causes  bad  luck. 

1763.  If  two  forks  are  accidentally  put  at  your  plate,  in- 

stead of  one  knife  and  one  fork,  you  will  go  to 
New  York Western  Kentucky 

1764.  If  by  some  mistake  someone  puts  two  forks  by  your 

plate  at  the  dinner  table,  you  will  go  to  a  funeral 
or  a  wedding.1 

1765.  An  accidental  dropping  of  a  knife  brings  a  woman 

caller. 

1766.  An  accidental  dropping  of  a  fork  brings  a  man 

caller. 

1767.  If  you  drop  a  fork,  your  best  friend  is  coming.  .  .  . 

Mountains 

i  Other  superstitions  concerning  the  accidental  placement  of  two  forks,  two 
knives,  or  two  spoons  at  one's  plate  at  table  are  given  under  Divinations. 

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1768.  If  you  drop  your  fork,  some  one  is  coming  from 
the  direction  in  which  the  fork  points. 

1769.  An  accidental  dropping  of  a  spoon  brings  a  child. 

1770.  If  you  drop  a  spoon,  a  baby  will  be  born  in  the 
family. 

1771.  If  a  spoon  is  dropped,  a  negro  woman  is  coming.  . . 

Mountains 

1772.  If  a  large  spoon  is  dropped,  a  large  family  is  com- 
ing. 

1773.  If  you  drop  a  tablespoon,  you  may  look  for  a  wo- 
man and  a  baby Northern  Kentucky 

1774.  The  presence  of  two  forks  at  one  place  at  table 

means  that  two  fools  are  coming 

Western  Kentucky 

1775.  If  you  drop  a  knife  during  a  meal,  you  are  exactly 
one  half  through  the  meal Central  Kentucky 

1776.  If  when  you  drop  a  knife  and  fork  they  cross,  you 
may  expect  bad  luck North-eastern  Kentucky 

1777.  To  drop  a  spoon  brings  disappointment. 

1778.  It  causes  bad  luck  for  a  woman  to  break  a  plate  and 

step  on  the  pieces. 

1779.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  break  any  kind  of  dish. 

1780.  To  avert  ill  luck,  throw  the  pieces  of  a  broken  dish 
into  a  gully. 

1781.  If  you  burn  sassafras  for  stove  wood,  you  will  break 
all  the  dishes Mountains 

1782.  The  dropping  of  a  dish-rag  indicates  the  coming  of 

a  caller.     If  it  opens  out  when  it  falls,  the  guest 
will  arrive  for  the  next  meal. 

1783.  If  you  wish  to  prevent  a  visitor's  arrival  that  has 

been  forecast  by  the  dropping  of  a  dish-rag,  step 
backward  over  the  rag. 

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1784.  If  a  dish-rag  that  drops  is  spread  out,  a  woman  is 
coming. 

1785.  If  a  dish-rag  that  falls  is  not  spread  out,  a  man  is 

coming. 

1786.  If  when  you  drop  a  dish-rag  on  the  floor  you  shake 
it  under  the  table  and  name  it  the  person  that  you 
wish  to  come,  he  will  come ....  Southern  Kentucky 

1787.  If  you  drop  a  dish-cloth,  pick  it  up,  and  think  about 

some  one.     The  first  one  you  think  about  will  ar- 
rive within  an  hour Mountains 

1788.  If  after  dropping  a  dish-rag  you  kiss  it,  your  sweet- 
heart will  come Mountains 

1789.  If  you  drop  a  dish-rag,  a  slouch  is  coming. 

If  you  drop  a  dish-rag,  a  worse  slouch  than  you  is 
coming. 

1790.  If  you  drop  a  dish-rag  and  it  spreads  out,  you  will 
have  bad  luck. 

1791.  If  you  drop  a  dish-rag  and  it  does  not  unfold,  no 
bad  luck  will  befall  you. 

1792.  The  boiling  of  a  dish-rag  in  soiled  water  breaks  bad 
luck. 

1793.  If  you  drop  a  tea  towel,  someone  is  coming. 

1794.  If  you  leave  your  dish  water  in  a  pan  over  night, 
you  will  dream  of  the  Devil Blue  Grass 

1795.  If  a  wToman  forgets  to  wash  a  skillet,  she  may  ex- 

pect a  guest  for  the  next  meal. 

1796.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  pour  water  out  of  a  pail  over 
the  end  of  the  handle. 

1797.  If  two  women  run  together  in  preparing  a  meal, 
they  will  work  together  next  year. 

1798.  "A  watched  pot  never  boils." 

1799.  Lightning  and  thunder  will  addle  eggs. 

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1800.  Make  jelly  on  sunny  days Mountains 

1801.  If  you  drop  a  spoon  into  pickles  while  you  are 

making  them  you  will  be  a  sour  old  woman 

Blue  Grass 

1802.  If  you  cook  frog-legs  and  set  them  by,  they  will  be- 
come raw  again Central  Kentucky 

1803.  If  when  you  are  cooking  onions  you  place  a  pan 

of  water  over  them,  there  will  be  no  odor 

Western  Kentucky 

1804.  If  you  boil  a  biscuit  with  cabbage,  there  will  be  no 
odor Western  Kentucky 

1805.  If  anything  that  may  be  eaten  is  burned,  you  will 
have  to  pick  it  out  of  hell-fire  with  your  hands  in 
the  after-life. 

1806.  If  you  burn  salt  on  the  stove  or  in  the  grate,  you 
will  have  to  pick  each  grain  out  of  fire  in  hell. 

1807.  Be  sure  to  throw  a  pinch  of  borrowed  salt  into  the 

fire. 

1808.  Do  not  return  the  salt  that  you  have  borrowed. 

1809.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  spill  salt. 

1810.  If  you  spill  salt  on  the  table,  you  will  get  a  scolding 
before  Friday. 

1811.  If  you  spill  salt  between  yourself  and  the  person 
next  you  at  table,  you  two  will  quarrel. 

1812.  You  can  avert  a  quarrel  from  spilling  salt  by  throw- 

ing a  pinch  over  your  left  shoulder. 

1813.  If  salt  is  spilt  at  table,  there  will  be  a  guest  at  the 
next  meal. 

1814.  If  salt  is  passed  you  at  table,  it  passes  you  trouble. 

1815.  If  salt  is  thrown  away,  bad  luck  will  follow. 
181<».   If  you  throw  salt  into  a  whirlwind,  you  will  see  the 

Devil    Mountains 

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1817.  If  you  throw  salt  behind  someone  who  has  done  you 
a  bad  deed,  he  will  never  return .  Louisville  Negroes 

1818.  If  someone  comes  to  your  house  whom  you  do  not 
like,  throw  salt  into  his  tracks.     He  will  then  not 
bring  you  bad  luck Louisville  Negroes 

1819.  When  a  stand  of  pepper  is  overturned,  there  will 

be  bad  luck,  unless  the  person  who  turns  it  over 
burns  an  old  dish-rag. 

1820.  If  the  pepper  falls  toward  you  from  a  pepper  stand, 
you  will  have  bad  luck. 

1821.  Do  not  eat  too  much  meat,  for,  if  you  do,  your  face 

will  become  roughened. 

1822.  If  you  eat  too  much  meat  at  supper,  you  will  have 
bad  dreams. 

1823.  If  you  eat  meat  for  supper,  you  will  dream  of  ne- 
groes   Southern  Kentucky 

1824.  If  you  drop  a  piece  of  meat  from  your  mouth  at 

the  table,  there  will  be  a  death  in  the  family 

Louisville  Negroes 

1825.  If  you  drop  anything  while  you  are  eating,  the  act 
indicates  that  someone  else  desires  it. 

1826.  Eat  a  dozen  onions  before  you  go  to  bed,  to  become 
beautiful. 

1827.  Eat  a  pickle,  to  settle  your  love. 

1828.  If  you  eat  the  crust  of  bread,  your  hair  will  become 
curly. 

1829.  If  you  eat  burnt  bread,  your  hair  will  become  curly. 

1830.  If  you  take  the  last  biscuit  on  the  plate,  you  will 
have  to  kiss  the  cook.1 

1831.  To  take  the  last  portion  from  a  dish  brings  bad  luck. 

iFor  other  signs  connected  with  taking  the  last  biscuit,  or  the  last  but 
one,  on  a  plate,  see  Divinations,  numbers  227-231. 

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1832.  If  you  drop  a  biscuit  while  taking  the  bread  from 
the  stove,  a  hungry  person  will  call. 

1833.  If  you  drop  a  biscuit,  you  will  marry  a  poor  man.  . 

Western  Kentucky 

1834.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  break  bread  in  anybody  else's 
hand. 

1835.  If  you  break  bread  in  your  friend's  hand,  the  act  is 

said  to  bring  bad  luck. 

1836.  If  you  count  the  biscuits  as  you  put  them  into  the 
pan,  they  will  not  be  good Central  Kentucky 

1837.  If  someone  gives  you  a  cake  of  yeast,  do  not  thank 
him.    If  you  do,  the  bread  will  not  come. 

1838.  If  you  burn  bread,  you  and  Satan  will  have  to  pick 
that  amount  out  of  hell-fire. 

1839.  When  the  cook's  bread  burns,  her  husband  is  angry, 

1840.  The  burning  of  bread  shows  that  the  cook  is  angry, 

1841.  If  you  burn  the  biscuits,  your  sweetheart  is  angry 
with  you. 

1842.  If  you  burn  the  bread,  your  sweetheart  is  thinking 
of  you. 

1843.  If  you  burn  your  bread,  you  may  expect  the  arrival 

of  a  black-headed  person Blue  Grass 

1844.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  stir  bread  toward  you. 

1845.  It  causes  good  luck  to  stir  the  bread  away  from  you. 

1846.  If  bread  or  cake  rises  and  then  suddenly  falls,  the 
maker's  digestion  is  bad. 

1847.  Bread  should  be  set  to  rise  before  the  sun  rises. 

1848.  If  you  bake  bread  after  the  sun  goes  down,  your 
bread  will  also  go  down. 

1849.  If  the  bread  cracks  open  while  you  are  baking  it, 
there  will  be  an  increase  in  the  family .  .  Mountains 

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1850.  If  you  put  too  much  soda  into  the  bread,  someone  is 
coming Blue  Grass 

1851.  A  loaf  of  bread  on  its  back  means  that  a  ship  is  in 

distress  at  sea. 

1852.  If  you  serve  yourself  to  butter  or  bread  when  you 

already  have  butter  and  bread,  someone  is  coming 
hungry. 

1853.  When  you  bake  a  cake,  do  not  burn  the  egg  shells 

until  the  cake  has  risen,  but  burn  them  then. 

1854.  Place  egg  shells  on  the  top  of  the  oven,  to  make  the 
cake  rise Mountains 

1855.  In  cake-baking  if  you  burn  the  egg  shells  before  the 
cake  has  risen,  the  cake  will  burn Mountains 

1856.  If  you  bake  a  cake  in  the  afternoon,  it  will  sink  as 
the  sun  sinks. 

1857.  If  you  bake  a  cake  in  the  morning,  it  will  rise  as 
the  sun  ascends. 

1858.  Do  not  make  a  cake  on  a  rainy  day,  for  it  will  not 

rise  well. 

1859.  It  is  a  good  sign  to  have  a  piece  of  pie  point  to- 
ward you. 

1860.  If  a  piece  of  pie  is  pointed  toward  you,  you  may  ex- 

pect a  letter  that  day. 

1861.  If  a  piece  of  pie  points  half-way  around,  you  may 
expect  a  letter  the  next  day. 

1862.  If  a  piece  of  pie  points  more  than  half-way  around, 
you  may  expect  a  letter  later  on. 

1863.  If  you  cut  the  point  off  a  piece  of  pie  and  eat  it 
last,  you  will  get  a  letter. 

1864.  If  the  point  of  another  person's  piece  of  pie  is  di- 
rected toward  you  and  the  person  begins  eating  his 
piece  at  this  point,  you  will  get  a  letter. 

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1865.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  begin  eating  pie  at  the  point. 

1866.  If  the  crust  end  of  a  piece  of  pie  is  placed  next  to 
you,  you  will  get  a  postcard. 

1867.  If  in  drinking  you  look  above  the  rim  of  the  glass, 
you  are  a  flirt. 

1868.  If  at  the  table  you  do  not  drink  all  your  milk  or 

water,  you  will  be  disappointed  soon 

Southern  Kentucky 

1869.  If  you  have  water  in  your  glass  and  pour  more  into 

it,  there  will  be  trouble. 

1870.  If  you  pour  water  into  a  glass  that  already  contains 
water,  you  will  quarrel  with  your  mother-in-law. 

1871.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  burn  coffee Mountains 

1872.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  stir  the  coffee  pot  with  a  knife 

or  fork. 

1873.  "Stir  with  a  knife, 

Stir  up  strife." 

1874.  If  you  drink  all  the  coffee  from  your  cup,  so  that 
upon  the  turning  of  it  over  no  drop  comes  out,  you 
will  cry  later Louisville  Negroes 

1875.  If  you  can  get  a  bubble  off  the  coffee  and  drink  it, 
you  will  receive  money. 

1876.  If  you  fail  to  get  a  bubble  off  the  coffee,  you  will 
lose  money. 

1877.  Never  drink  a  cup  of  coffee  at  five  o'clock,  or  you 
will  die Mountains 

1878.  After  a  meal  if  the  coffee  cup  is  left  outside  the 

saucer,  there  will  be  bad  luck Mountains 

1879.  To  leave  coffee  in  a  cup  causes  disappointment. . 

Blue  Grass 

1880.  The  presence  of  tea  grounds  on  tea  is  a  sign  of 
people  coming. 

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1881.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  change  places  at  the  table. 

1882.  Do  not  cross  hands  with  another  at  the  table. 

1883.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  two  people  at  table  to  reach 

for  the  same  thing  at  the  same  time. 

1884.  If  two  reach  for  bread  at  the  same  time,  someone  is 
coming  hungry. 

1885.  If  you  sing  at  the  table,  you  will  miss  your  next 
visitor. 

1886.  "Sing  before  breakfast,  cry  before  night." 

1887.  If  you  sing  before  breakfast,  you  will  get  a  whip- 
ping before  the  week  is  gone. 

1888.  If  you  sneeze  at  the  table,  you  will  hear  of  a  death 
before  night. 

DREAMS 

1889.  "Dreams  go  by  contraries." 

1890.  "A  dream  out  of  season, 

Trouble  out  of  reason." 

1891.  Morning  dreams  come  true. 

1892.  If  you  tell  a  dream  before  breakfast,  it  will  come 
true. 

1893.  A  dream  told  before  breakfast  on  Friday  morning 

will  come  true. 

1894.  "Friday  night's  dream  on  Saturday  told 

Is  sure  to  come  true — be  it  ever  so  old." 

1895.  "Saturday  dreamed  and  Sunday  told 

Is  sure  to  come  true  before  a  month  old." 

1896.  If  you  sleep  with  the  dream  bone,  taken  from  the 
ham  of  a  hog,  under  your  pillow,  your  dreams  will 
come  true Mountains 

1897.  If  some  one  goes  to  a  strange  place  and  sleeps  under 

strange  covers,  his  dreams  will  come  true. 

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1898.  What  you  dream  on  the  first  night  that  you  sleep 
under  a  new  roof  will  come  true. 

1899.  If  you  sleep  under  a  new  quilt,  your  dream  will 
come  true. 

1900.  If  you  tell  your  dreams  to  an  old  hollow  stump, 
they  will  come  true Mountains 

1901.  If  you  dream  of  the  same  thing  three  times,  it  will 
come  true. 

1902.  When  one  has  the  same  dream  more  than  once,  the 

dream  will  come  true. 

1903.  If  you  do  not  wish  to  dream,  put  both  shoes  under 

the  foot  of  your  bed  at  night. 

1904.  To  dream  of  an  angel  is  a  sign  of  death .  Mountains 

1905.  If  you  dream  of  a  baby,  you  will  hear  of  a  death. 

1906.  To  dream  of  a  bakery  means  that  you  will  awake 
with  cream  puffs  in  your  hand. 

1907.  To  dream  of  bees  at  work  means  good  luck 

Mountains 

1908.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  dream  about  catching  a  bird. 

1909.  If  you  dream  of  blasting,  one  of  your  close  friends 
will  be  shot  soon Mountains 

1910.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  dream  of  being  blind 

Western  Kentucky 

1911.  To  dream  of  blood  is  the  sign  of  coming  disgrace. 

1912.  To  dream  of  your  brother  or  sister  is  a  sign  of 
sudden  death  in  your  family .  .  .  Louisville  Negroes 

1913.  If  you  dream  of  cats,  you  will  have  bad  luck 

Blue  Grass 

1914.  If  you  dream  of  cats,  you  will  find  money 

Mountains 

1915.  To  dream  of  a  black  cat  is  a  sign  that  some  of  your 
relatives  are  treacherous Western  Kentucky 

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1916.  A  dream  of  good  children  is  followed  by  good  luck. 

1917.  To  dream  of  black  clouds  is  a  harbinger  of  bad  luck. 

1918.  To  dream  of  a  coffin  is  the  sign  of  a  death  in  the 
family   Mountains 

1919.  It  is  a  good  sign  to  dream  of  a  filled  coffin 

Mountains 

1920.  It  is  a  bad  sign  to  dream  of  an  empty  coffin 

Mountains 

1921.  It  is  a  sign  of  death  to  dream  of  a  fine-tooth  comb 

Mountains 

1922.  To  dream  that  you  cry  is  a  sign  that  you  will  take 
a  journey. 

1923.  If  you  dream  of  the  dead,  you  will  live  a  long  time 

Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

1924.  To  dream  of  the  dead  is  to  hear  from  the  living. 

1925.  A  dream  of  one  dead  is  a  sign  that  the  one  dreamed 

of  wishes  you  to  pray  for  him. 

1926.  It  is  a  sign  of  rain  to  dream  of  a  dead  person. . . . 

Mountains 

1927.  In  dreaming  of  falling  through  the  air,  one  ordi- 
narily wakes  before  striking  the  ground.     If  he 
dreams  that  he  strikes,  or  if  in  any  way  he  dreams 
that  he  is  killed,  he  will  die. 

1928.  A  dream  of  death  is  a  sign  of  birth. 

A  dream  of  birth  is  a  sign  of  marriage. 
A  dream  of  marriage  is  a  sign  of  death. 

1929.  A  dream  of  diamonds  is  a  good-luck  sign. 

1930.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  dream  of  freshly  dug  earth. . 

Mountains 

1931.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  dream  of  eating. 

1932.  If  you  dream  of  many  eggs,  you  will  receive  much 
money Western  Kentucky 

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1933.  If  you  dream  of  eggs,  you  will  be  angry. 

1934.  A  dream  of  eggs  is  a  sign  of  enemies. 

1935.  To  dream  of  unbroken  eggs  is  a  sign  of  trouble  to 
come. 

1936.  If  you  dream  of  broken  eggs,  your  troubles  are  past. 

1937.  It  is  a  good  luck  sign  to  dream  of  eggs  if  they  are 
not  broken. 

1938.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  dream  of  broken  eggs. 

1939.  To  dream  of  seeing  one's  eyes  other  than  bright  and 
healthy  is  a  sign  of  bad  luck Mountains 

1940.  If  you  dream  of  falling,  bad  luck  will  follow. 

1941.  To  dream  of  fire  is  a  sign  of  enjoyment. Blue  Grass 

1942.  To  dream  of  fire  is  a  sign  of  the  return  of  some 
relative Western  Kentucky 

1943.  If  you  dream  of  fire,  you  are  too  warm. 

1944.  If  you  dream  of  fire,  you  will  be  angry 

Central  Kentucky 

1945.  A  dream  of  catching  large  fish  is  a  harbinger  of 

prosperity. 

1946.  It  means  bad  luck  to  dream  of  flowers,  especially 
white  roses. 

1947.  A  dream  of  flying  is  a  sign  that  you  are  climbing 

upward Mountains 

1948.  If  you  dream  of  flying,  pleasant  things  await  you 
next  day Western  Kentucky 

1949.  If  you  dream  of  a  friend  in  distress  and  hear  him 
cry  out,  you  will  receive  news  of  an  accident  to  him. 

1950.  A  dream  of  perfect  fruit  is  a  forerunner  of  pros- 

perity. 

1951.  A  dream  of  imperfect  fruit  is  a  sign  of  bad  luck. 

1952.  "Dream  of  fruit  out  of  season, 
You'll  have  trouble  out  of  reason." 

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1953.  To  dream  of  a  funeral  procession  is  a  sign  of  death 

Blue  Grass 

1954.  To  dream  about  the  firing  of  a  gun  is  unlucky. 

1955.  It  brings  good  luck  to  dream  of  heaven. Blue  Grass 

1956.  A  dream  of  helping  somebody  to  dress  is  a  sign  of 

a  sudden  death Central  Kentucky 

1957.  If  you  dream  of  finding  a  hen's  nest,  you  will  have 
good  luck Mountains 

1958.  It  is  a  sign  of  good  luck  to  dream  of  being  on  a 
very  high  place Blue  Grass 

1959.  To  dream  of  a  hog  is  a  sign  of  bad  luck. . Mountains 

1960.  It  brings  good  luck  to  dream  of  a  bay  horse. 

1961.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  dream  of  a  black  horse 

Mountains 

1962.  It  brings  good  luck  to  dream  of  a  gray  horse 

Mountains 

1963.  To  dream  of  sorrel  horses  is  an  indication  of  good 

luck Central  Kentucky 

1964.  If  you  dream  of  a  white  horse,  you  will  hear  of  a 

death  before  the  week  is  out.    To  dream  of  white 
horses  is  a  sign  of  bad  luck Southern  Kentucky 

1965.  If  you  dream  of  a  gray  horse,  you  will  get  a  letter 

Southern  Kentucky 

1966.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  dream  of  the  death  of  a  horse 

Blue  Grass 

1967.  To  dream  of  the  Judgment  Day  is  a  sign  of  death 
inside  of  a  month Mountains 

1968.  If  you  dream  of  a  letter,  you  will  see  a  stranger. . . 

Mountains 

1969.  A  dream  of  lice  in  your  head  is  a  sign  of  approach- 

ing illness. 

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1970.  To  dream  about  new  lumber  is  a  sign  of  bad  luck 

Mountains 

1971.  A  dream  of  marriage  means  that  a  death  is  near. 

1972.  If  you  dream  of  milk,  there  will  be  an  increase  in 
the  family Mountains 

1973.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  dream  of  money 

Southern  Kentucky 

1974.  To  dream  of  money  is  a  sign  of  illness.  .Mountains 

1975.  To  dream  of  large  pieces  of  money  is  a  good-luck 
sign. 

1976.  To  dream  of  small  coins  means  that  bad  luck  is  in 

store  for  you. 

1977.  It  is  lucky  to  dream  of  silver  money. 

1978.  It  augurs  good  luck  to  dream  of  paper  money .... 

Mountains 

1979.  To  dream  of  seeing  the  moon  is  a  sign  of  good  luck, 

1980.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  see  the  moon  in  a  dream. 

1981.  It  is  a  sign  of  death  to  dream  of  more  than  one 
moon. 

1982.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  dream  about  mules .  Mountains 

1983.  To  dream  of  a  necklace  is  a  sign  of  jealousy 

Mountains 

1984.  It  causes  very  bad  luck  to  dream  of  negroes 

Mountains 

1985.  You  will  quarrel  with  some  one  if  you  dream  of  a 
negro. 

1986.  A  dream  of  a  negro  man  is  a  sign  of  the  coming  of 
a  friend Mountains 

1987.  A  dream  of  a  negro  woman  is  the  sign  of  the  com- 

ing of  an  enemy Mountains 

1988.  To  dream  of  riding  is  a  sign  of  fleeting  pleasure. . . 

Western  Kentucky 

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1989.  It  indicates  bad  luck  to  dream  that  you  strike  the 

bottom  of  a  river  in  diving 

Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

1990.  To  dream  of  a  house  with  many  rooms  is  a  sign  of 
bad  luck. 

1991.  A  dream  of  teeth  is  a  sign  of  death. 

1992.  If  you  dream  that  your  teeth  fall  out,  there  will  be 
a  death. 

1993.  If  you  dream  that  you  lose  a  tooth,  you  will  lose  a 

friend. 

1994.  If  you  dream  that  your  jaw  teeth  fall  out,  an  elder- 
ly person  will  die. 

1995.  If  you  dream  that  your  side  teeth  fall  out,  a  mid- 
dle-aged person  will  die. 

1996.  If  you  dream  that  your  front  teeth  fall  out,  a  child 
will  die. 

1997.  If  you  dream  that  your  front  teeth  fall  out,  a  mem- 
ber of  your  family  will  die. 

1998.  If  you  dream  that  your  back  teeth  fall  out,  a  dis- 
tant relative  will  die. 

1999.  If  you  dream  of  a  turkey,  you  will  shortly  see  a  fool. 

2000.  A  dream  of  vermin  augurs  serious  illness  among 
your  friends Blue  Grass 

2001.  To  dream  of  sheep  is  a  sign  of  bad  luck. .  Mountains 

2002.  If  you  dream  about  old  shoes,  you  will  hear  of  a 
death Blue  Grass 

2003.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  dream  that  you  lose  a  shoe . . . 

Southern  Kentucky 

2004.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  dream  about  being  shot 

Mountains 

2005.  If  you  dream  of  smoke,  there  will  be  a  death. 

2006.  A  dream  of  a  snake  is  a  sign  that  you  have  enemies. 

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2007.  If  you  dream  that  you  have  killed  a  snake,  the 

dream  is  a  sign  that  you  have  killed  an  enemy. 

2008.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  dream  of  being  bitten 
by  a  snake Mountains 

2009.  A  dream  about  snow  is  a  sign  of  disappointment  or 

loss Central  Kentucky 

2010.  It  brings  good  luck  to  dream  of  a  squirrel 

Mountains 

2011.  To  dream  of  a  strange  place  is  a  sign  of  good  luck. 

2012.  If  you  dream  of  eating  a  dish  of  strawberries,  you 
will  be  in  a  large,  new  crowd. 

2013.  If  you  dream  of  a  white  swan,  you  may  expect  a 

death  in  the  family. 

2014.  If  you  dream  of  sweeping,  you  will  receive  a  letter 

Mountains 

2015.  It  is  a  sign  of  bad  luck  or  death  to  dream  of  a 
wagon. 

2016.  To  dream  of  a  wagon  moving  away  from  you  is  a 
sign  of  death Mountains 

2017.  If  you  dream  of  water,  you  are  too  cold. 

2018.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  you  dream  of  clear  water. 

2019.  If  you  dream  of  muddy  water,  your  best  friend  is 
angry  with  you. 

2020.  A  dream  of  walking  through  muddy  water  is  a 

death  sign. 

2021.  If  you  sleep  on  wedding-cake,  your  dream  will  come 
true.1 

2022.  To  dream  of  anything  solid  white  is  a  sign  of  death. 

i  Divination  in  connection  with  sleeping  on  wedding  cake  is  treated  under 
Divinations,  numbers  602,  603,  604,  693. 


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DRESS 

2023.  "If  a  pin  points  toward  you  and  you  let  it  lay. 
You'll  have  bad  luck  all  that  day. 

If  you  see  a  pin  and  pick  it  up, 
All  that  day  you'll  have  good  luck." 

2024.  "See  a  pin  and  let  it  lie 

Sorrow  will  come  by  and  by." 

"Find  a  pin,  and  let  it  lie, 

You'll  want  a  pin  before  you  die." 

2025.  If  you  find  a  pin  with  the  point  toward  you  and 

place  it  on  the  shoulder  of  your  coat  with  the  point 
toward  the  back,  and  leave  it  there  for  three  days, 
good  luck  will  come  to  you. 

2026.  If  you  see  a  pin  with  the  point  toward  you  and  pick 

it  up  and  stick  it  into  wood,  you  will  have  good 
luck.  If  the  point  is  away  from  you,  pick  it  up  and 
give  it  to  someone  else  for  good  luck. .  .Blue  Grass 

2027.  If  you  find  a  pin  with  the  head  towards  you,  there 
is  mail  for  you  at  the  Post  Office Mountains 

2028.  If  you  pick  up  a  pin  lying  with  its  side  toward  you, 
you  will  get  a  letter. 

2029.  If  you  find  a  pin  lying  with  its  side  toward  you,  you 

will  go  buggy-riding  the  next  day. 

2030.  If  you  pick  up  a  pin  lying  with  its  side  toward  you, 
you  will  receive  a  kiss,  or  you  will  see  your  sweet- 
heart that  day. 

2031.  If  you  find  a  pin  with  the  side  towards  you,  you 
will  get  a  new  dress Mountains 

2032.  If  anyone  takes  a  pin  from  your  dress,  bad  luck  will 
follow Louisville  Negroes 

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2033.  If  a  pin  stands  on  the  point  in  your  dress,  someone 
is  "on  his  head"  to  see  you. 

2034.  If  when  you  are  trying  on  a  dress,  the  dressmaker 

sticks  a  pin  in  your  other  clothes,  you  will  not  be 
married  that  year Blue  Grass 

2035.  To  prick  your  finger  as  you  pin  your  waist  is  un- 
lucky. 

2036.  Avert  the  disaster  of  the  last  mentioned  supersti- 

tion by  burning  the  pin. 

2037.  It  brings  good  luck  to  find  a  brass  pin,  if  you  stick 
it  on  your  shoulder Western  Kentucky 

2038.  You  will  lose  a  friend  if  you  give  a  person  a  pin, 

She  must  pick  it  up  after  you  lay  it  down. 

2039.  If  you  drop  a  pin  and  it  sticks  into  the  floor,  some- 

one is  coming. 

2040.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  you  find  a  safety  pin. 

2041.  It  is  unlucky  to  find  a  safety  pin  in  water,  for  a 

sad  visit  awaits  you Blue  Grass 

2042.  If  a  needle  falls  and  sticks  into  the  floor,  you  will 
have  bad  luck. 

2043.  If  you  break  a  needle  in  a  garment  while  making 
it,  the  person  for  whom  it  is  made  will  not  live  to 
wear  it  out. 

2044.  If  you  find  a  hairpin  and  hang  it  up  on  the  first 
thing  you  see,  you  will  get  a  letter. 

2045.  If  you  find  a  hairpin  and  hang  it  on  the  first  nail 
you  see,  you  will  get  a  friend. 

2046.  If  you  find  a  hairpin,  hang  it  on  a  nail  or  anything 
iron.    It  will  bring  good  luck. 

2047.  If  your  hairpin  drops  out  of  your  hair,  someone 

whom  you  like  is  thinking  of  you 

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2048.  If  a  woman  drops  a  hairpin  and  fails  to  pick  it  up, 

she  will  lose  a  friend. 

2049.  If  you  pick  up  a  hairpin,  you  will  fall. . .  Mountains 

2050.  If  a  hairpin  is  about  to  come  out  of  a  girl's  hair, 

someone  is  "on  his  head"  about  her 

Western  Kentucky 

2051.  If  you  accidentally  leave  your  gloves  and  have  to 
go  back  for  them,  the  next  person  you  call  on  will 
be  out. 

2052.  It  is  unlucky  to  pick  up  an  old  glove  in  the  street. 

2053.  If  you  find  a  wet  handkerchief,  you  may  know  that 

all  your  tears  have  been  shed  and  that  you  will  live 
happily Blue  Grass 

2054.  The  moonstone  is  a  lucky  stone. 

2055.  If  you  wear  an  opal  ring  and  it  is  not  your  birth- 

stone,  you  will  have  bad  luck. 

2056.  If  you  wear  an  opal  ring  and  it  is  not  your  birth- 

stone,  you  must  give  it  away  to  avoid  bad  luck. 

2057.  If  you  wear  pearls,  you  will  shed  tears. 

2058.  If  you  count  pearls  in  a  ring  or  a  brooch,  you  will 
lose  them. 

2059.  When  danger  is  imminent  to  a  person  who  has 

pearls,  they  lose  their  lustre. 

2060.  It  brings  good  luck  to  carry  a  piece  of  pearl  jewelry 

Mountains 

2061.  Do  not  let  anyone  take  a  ring  off  your  finger. 

2062.  If  you  take  a  ring  off  your  friend's  hand,  you  will 
have  bad  luck. 

2063.  Turn  one  hundred  seal  rings  for  good  luck. 

2064.  If  you  find  a  button  and  put  it  into  your  shoe,  you 
will  have  good  luck. 

2065.  If  you  find  a  button,  you  will  receive  a  letter  soon. 

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2066.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  find  a  button  smaller  than  a 
penny Mountains 

2067.  The  finding  of  a  pearl  button  means  that  there  is 

a  letter  for  you  in  the  Post  Office 

Central  Kentucky 

2068.  If  you  find  a  button  with  so  many  holes  in  it,  you 
will  receive  a  letter  with  the  same  number  of  pages 
Mountains 

2069.  When  you  find  a  button,  count  the  holes  in  it.    You 

will  find  that  number  of  pieces  of  money  before 
you  come  to  your  stopping  place .  Central  Kentucky 

2070.  To  carry  in  your  pocket  a  button  that  you  have 
found  brings  good  luck. 

2071.  To  sew  a  button  on  a  garment  that  you  are  wearing 
brings  bad  luck. 

2072.  If  you  drop  a  comb,  somebody  is  coming. 

2073.  If  you  drop  a  comb,  you  will  be  disappointed. 

2074.  If  the  comb  with  which  you  are  combing  your  hair 

falls  behind  you,  you  will  have  trouble 

Western  Kentucky 

2075.  Avert  the  bad  luck  of  dropping  a  comb  by  putting 
your  foot  on  it Central  Kentucky 

2076.  If  you  are  combing  your  hair  and  let  the  comb  fall, 
you  will  get  money Louisville  Negroes 

2077.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  count  the  teeth  of  a  comb .... 

Mountains 

2078.  If  you  count  comb  teeth,  the  youngest  one  in  the 
family  will  die. 

2079.  Do  not  count  the  teeth  of  a  comb,  for  if  you  do  they 

will  come  out Southern  Kentucky 

2080.  When  your  skirt  turns  up,  spit  on  it  and  turn  it 

down,  to  obtain  good  luck. 

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2081.  If  your  dress  is  turned  up,  spit  on  it,  and  turn  it 

down,  to  get  a  new  one. 

2082.  If  the  hem  of  a  dress  is  turned  up,  and  someone  calls 
the  wearer's  attention  to  it,  the  wearer  will  get  a 
new  dress Blue  Grass 

2083.  If  the  hem  of  a  girl's  dress  is  turned  up,  the  person 

calling  her  attention  to  this  fact  will  get  a  new 
dress Blue  Grass 

2084.  If  a  girl's  dress  turns  up  and  she  spits  on  it,  she  will 
become  wealthy. 

2085.  If  a  part  of  the  hem  of  your  skirt  is  turned  up,  and 
you  spit  on  it,  you  will  have  a  joyful  day. 

2086.  If  your  skirt  turns  up,  you  will  catch  a  sweetheart. 

2087.  If  you  tear  a  hole  in  a  new  dress  before  it  is  washed, 
you  will  have  good  luck Western  Kentucky 

2088.  It  is  a  sign  of  bad  luck  to  tear  your  dress  behind . . . 

Western  Kentucky 

2089.  If  you  drop  ink  on  a  new  white  dress,  you  may  look 

for  company. 

2090.  If  your  underskirt  hangs,  you  will  have  to  shovel 
coal Mountains 

2091.  If  your  petticoat  hangs  lower  than  your  skirt,  your 

father  loves  you  better  than  your  mother  does. 

2092.  If  a  woman  kicks  up  her  dress  behind,  she  is  a  thief. 

2093.  After  a  number  of  boys  have  been  in  swimming,  the 

boy  who  after  dressing  puts  on  his  cap  or  hat  first 
will  have  good  luck. 

2094.  If  a  boy  or  a  man  comes  into  the  house  with  his  hat 

on,  he  will  have  bad  luck. 

2095.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  place  your  hat  higher  than 
your  head. 

2096.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  lay  a  hat  on  a  bed. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

2097.  If  you  put  two  hats  on  your  head,  you  will  get  a 
whipping Louisville  Negroes 

2098.  If  you  put  on  two  hats,  you  will  get  a  double-whip- 
ping   Louisville  Negroes 

2099.  If  a  wife  loses  her  apron,  she  will  lose  her  husband. 

2100.  If  you  lose  your  apron,  you  will  lose  your  best 

friend. 

2101.  If  a  woman  drops  her  apron,  she  will  lose  one  of  her 
friends Mountains 

2102.  "A  stitch  in  time  saves  nine"  (felt  by  many  as  a 
superstition.) 

2103.  To  sew  a  garment  that  you  are  wearing  is  a  sign  of 
bad  luck  or  death. 

2104.  If  you  mend  a  garment  on  you,  there  will  be  a  slan- 
der about  you  with  as  many  words  as  you  put 
stitches  into  the  garment Mountains 

2105.  You  can  avert  the  hard  luck  that  follows  the  mend- 

ing of  a  garment  while  you  are  wearing  it  by  hold- 
ing a  straw  in  your  mouth. 

2106.  If  you  talk  while  sewing  something  that  is  on  you, 
a  lie  will  be  told  about  you  for  every  stitch  taken 
while  you  were  talking. 

2107.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  sew  new  pieces  on  an  old  gar- 
ment   Blue  Grass  Negroes 

2108.  If  you  leave  the  bastings  in  a  dress,  the  dress  is  not 
paid  for. 

2109.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  sew  polka-dotted  goods 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

2110.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  make  clothes  for  peo- 

ple who  are  ill Blue  Grass 

2111.  If  any  kind  of  garment  is  made  or  bought  for  a  sick 
person,  that  person  will  never  get  well.  .Mountains 

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2112.  If  you  tear  a  garment,  you  may  break  the  spell  of 

a  bad  luck  sign  that  is  connected  with  it. 

2113.  It  brings  good  luck  to  put  on  clothes  accidentally 
wrong  side  out. 

2114.  Clothes  put  on  in  the  morning  wrong  side  out,  if 
changed  at  twenty  minutes  past  one,  will  bring 
good  luck. 

2115.  If  you  put  a  garment  on  wrong  side  out  and  dis- 
cover the  mistake  yourself,  you  may  change  it  with- 
out bad  luck. 

2116.  A  person  wearing  a  garment  inside  out  will  have 

good  luck  if  he  turns  the  garment  right  side  out 
at  midnight. 

2117.  After  you  have  on  your  clothes  wrong  side  out,  it  is 

bad  luck  to  change. 

2118.  If  you  put  your  clothes  on  wrong  side  out  and  some- 

one else  than  you  takes  them  off,  good  luck  re- 
mains   North-eastern  Kentucky 

2119.  If  you  burn  a  hole  in  a  new  garment  and  wear  it, 
there  will  be  a  death. 

2120.  If  two  women  help  a  third  to  dress,  the  youngest 
of  the  three  will  die. 

2121.  If  you  put  your  night  gown  on  inside  out  by  mis- 
take, there  will  be  a  fire  in  town  soon . . .  Mountains 

2122.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  the  passengers  if  a  woman 
dressed  in  black  gets  on  a  passenger  train  at  night. 

2123.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  meet  a  woman  dressed  in  black, 

after  midnight. 

2124.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  put  a  black  pin  into  a  white 

dress North-eastern  Kentucky 

2125.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  put  a  white  pin  into  a  black 
dress. North-eastern  Kentucky 

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2126.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  put  on  the  left  stocking  first. 

2127.  A  hole  in  your  stocking  indicates  that  you  will  get 

a  letter.    The  size  of  the  letter  depends  on  the  size 
of  the  hole Blue  Grass 

2128.  It  is  well  for  an  aviator  to  wear  a  lady's  stocking 
about  his  neck. 

2129.  If  you  dress  one  foot  entirely  before  beginning  the 
other,  you  will  have  bad  luck. 

2130.  Put  on  the  left  garter  and  the  right  shoe  first  for 
luck Central  Kentucky 

2131.  Remove  the  left  shoe  and  the  right  garter  first  for 
luck Central  Kentucky 

2132.  If  you  put  your  left  shoe  on  before  your  right,  you 
will  have  a  headache Mountains 

2133.  To  put  the  left  shoe  on  the  right  foot  is  to  produce 
misfortune  for  yourself. 

2134.  If  you  pull  off  your  right  shoe  first,  you  will  never 
have  toothache Blue  Grass 

2135.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  walk  with  one  shoe  off  and 
one  shoe  on. 

2136.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  walk  around  in  one  shoe  be- 
cause you  will  measure  your  mother's  grave 

Louisville  Negroes 

2137.  If  a  child  walks  about  with  one  shoe  off  and  the 

other  on,  he  will  receive  as  many  whippings  as  he 
takes  steps Mountains 

2138.  As  many  steps  as  you  take  in  one  shoe,  so  many 

steps  do  you  take  into  trouble Mountains 

2139.  For  every  step  that  you  take  with  one  shoe  on  and 

one  off,  you  will  have  one  year  of  misfortune 

Mountains 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

2140.  Never  lace  one  shoe  until  you  have  put  the  other 
one  on Mountains 

2141.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  button  the  top  button  of  your 
shoe  first North-eastern  Kentucky 

2142.  If  the  soles  of  your  shoes  are  of  black  leather,  your 
teeth  will  become  loose Blue  Grass 

2143.  If  your  shoe-string  comes  untied,  somebody  is  talk- 
ing about  you. 

2144.  Your  left  shoe-string  untied  shows  that  someone  is 

speaking  evil  of  you. 

2145.  Your  right  shoe-string  untied  shows  that  someone 

is  speaking  well  of  you. 

2146.  "If  you  wear  your  shoes  out  on  the  side, 
you  will  be  a  rich  man's  bride." 

2147.  "If  you  wear  your  shoes  out  on  the  toe, 
You  will  spend  money  as  you  go." 

2148.  If  you  wear  your  shoes  out  in  the  middle  of  the  sole 
first,  you  will  be  rich  some  day . .  Central  Kentucky 

2149.  Put  your  shoes  with  the  points  away  from  the  bed, 

so  that  bad  dreams  may  walk  away  from  you. 

2150.  If  you  set  your  shoes  under  the  bed  always  turn  the 
toes  out.     To  turn  them  in  is  a  sign  of  bad  luck 
during  the  night. 

2151.  If  you  put  your  shoes  above  your  head,  on  the  table 

or  on  the  bed,  you  will  have  very  bad  luck. 

2152.  If  you  put  your  shoes  higher  than  your  head  in  the 
closet,  you  will  never  be  married. 

2153.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  place  your  stockings  in  your 

shoes  when  you  are  going  to  bed. 

2154.  Be  sure  to  place  your  shoes  at  night  with  the  inner 

sides  against  each  other. 

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2155.  If  you  spit  on  your  shoe  accidentally,  you  will  get 

a  new  pair  of  shoes Mountains 

2156.  If  you  wear  a  hairpin  in  your  shoe,  you  will  meet  a 
good  friend. 

2157.  Put  sugar  into  your  shoe,  to  coax  your  trousers 
down Central  Kentucky 

2158.  If  your  shoes  squeak,  they  are  not  paid  for. 

2159.  An  old  shoe  is  a  sign  of  good  luck. 

2160.  If  you  burn  an  old  shoe,  you  will  have  rheumatism. 

2161.  If  you  lose  one  of  your  rubbers,  it  is  a  sign  that  you 

are  going  to  lose  one  of  your  friends. 

SHADOWS,  PORTRAITS,  AND  REFLECTIONS 

2162.  If  you  sit  with  your  shadow  thrown  on  the  water, 
you  will  not  catch  fish Mountains 

2163.  If  a  portrait  hangs  on  the  wall  crooked,  there  will 
be  bad  luck Louisville  Negroes 

2164.  If  you  turn  a  picture  of  a  friend  of  yours  upside 

down,  he  will  have  a  headache . .  Louisville  Negroes 

2165.  If  you  hang  your  sweetheart's  photograph  upside 

down,  he  will  die  soon Blue  Grass  Negroes 

2166.  If  a  portrait  falls,  there  will  be  bad  luck. 

2167.  It  a  portrait  falls  from  the  wall,  someone  in  the 

family  will  die Louisville  Negroes 

2168.  The  falling  of  anyone's  picture  means  death  in  the 
household.    When  the  death  occurs,  the  clock  stops 
until  after  the  funeral. 

2169.  If  a  large  family  portrait  falls,  there  will  be  a  death 

Blue  Grass 

2170.  If  a  portrait  falls,  you  will  have  a  quarrel  with  the 

original. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

2171.  If  a  portrait  falls  in  a  room  where  someone  is  dead, 
the  original  will  die. 

2172.  If  a  portrait  falls  in  a  room  where  someone  is  dead, 
the  original  will  die  within  three  years. 

2173.  To  have  a  picture  drop  out  of  a  frame  is  a  bad 
omen Southern  Kentucky 

2174.  It  is  a  bad  luck  sign  to  hear  knocking  behind  a  pic- 
ture  Blue  Grass 

2175.  If  the  glass  on  a  picture  breaks  of  its  own  accord, 
a  death  will  occur  in  your  family Mountains 

2176.  If  your  photograph  is  buried  by  an  enemy,  your 
life  will  fade  as  the  photograph  fades. 

2177.  If  you  draw  a  picture  of  your  enemy  and  shoot  it 
with  a  silver  bullet,  he  will  suffer  pain  where  the 
bullet  strikes. 

2178.  Bury  the  picture  of  your  enemy  face  down  in  the 

direction  that  Jesus  Christ  was  buried,  that  is,  with 
head  toward  the  west.  As  the  picture  fades,  your 
enemy's  life  will  fade Mountains 

2179.  If  you  break  your  mirror,  you  will  have  seven  years 

of  trouble. 

2180.  Avert  the  penalty  attached  to  breaking  a  mirror  by 
throwing  all  the  pieces  into  running  water. 

2181.  If  you  break  a  mirror,  the  number  of  pieces  will 
indicate  the  number  of  years  of  bad  luck  that  you 
will  have Louisville  Negroes 

2182.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  two  people  to  look  into  a 
mirror  at  the  same  time Blue  Grass 

2183.  If  two  people  look  into  a  mirror  at  the  same  time, 
they  will  both  be  disappointed  before  the  day  is 
gone Southern  Kentucky 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

2184.  If  two  persons  look  into  a  mirror  at  the  same  time, 
one  will  soon  die Negroes 

2185.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  look  into  a  mirror  while  you 
are  putting  on  your  night  gown. 

2186.  To  look  into  a  mirror  at  night  brings  bad  luck. . . . 

Mountains 

2187.  If  you  look  into  a  mirror  after  dark,  you  will  see 
the  Devil Mountains 

2188.  If  you  see  your  image  double  in  the  mirror,  your 

death  will  follow Central  Kentucky 

2189.  To  see  one's  shadow  while  one  is  looking  into  a  mir- 
ror is  a  sign  of  death Mountains 

2190.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  look  into  a  mirror  when  one  is 
ill Blue  Grass 

2191.  If  while  lying  in  bed  you  see  yourself  in  a  mirror, 
you  may  expect  bad  luck  or  death. 

2192.  To  look  into  a  mirror  over  anyone  else's  shoulder 
leads  to  disappointment Blue  Grass 

2193.  If  you  see  a  dead  man's  face  in  a  mirror,  you  will 
be  the  next  one  to  die. 

2194.  If  a  mirror  hangs  in  a  room  where  a  death  occurs, 
turn  it  to  the  wall  or  cover  it,  as  the  first  person  that 
sees  himself  in  it  will  be  the  next  one  to  die. 

2195.  If  you  look  into  a  mirror  while  you  are  drinking, 
you  will  never  be  married Blue  Grass 

MOON1  AND  SIGNS  OF  THE  ZODIAC 

2196.  If  a  stray  dog  howls  in  the  moonlight  with  his  nose 

pointed  at  a  person,  that  person  will  die 

Western  Kentucky 

i  For  weather  signs  connected  with  the  moon,  see  Weather,  numbers  2572- 
2594. 

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2197.  If  the  moon  stays  away  all  night,  there  has  been 

much  robbery  going  on  during  the  night 

Mountains 

2198.  Moonlight  will  dull  a  razor. . . .  Southern  Kentucky 

2199.  If  you  sleep  in  the  moonlight,  you  will  have  rheu- 
matism. 

2200.  If  you  sleep  in  the  moonlight,  you  will  become  in- 

sane. 

2201.  It  makes  one  homely  to  sleep  with  the  moon  shining 
on  his  face North-eastern  Kentucky 

2202.  If  you  shoot  toward  the  moon,  you  will  fall  dead. . 

Mountains 

2203.  If  you  see  the  reflection  of  the  moon  in  a  well,  you 
will  have  good  luck Southern  Kentucky 

2204.  A  red  moon  is  a  sign  of  war. 

2205.  If  you  can  see  a  woman  in  the  moon,  you  will  obtain 
riches Mountains 

2206.  If  you  can  see  a  man  in  the  moon,  you  will  have  bad 
luck  Mountains 

2207.  It  is  lucky  to  look  at  a  dollar  while  the  moon  is 
shining  upon  it  over  your  left  shoulder. 

2208.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  see  a  woman  combing  her  hair 

in  the  full  of  the  moon. .  .North-eastern  Kentucky 

2209.  People  who  have  moods  of  meanness  are  ruled  by 
the  moon. 

2210.  If  you  plant  seeds  in  the  moonlight,  the  crops  will 
be  good. 

2211.  If  you  plant  your  seed  in  the  full  moon,  you  will 
have  bad  luck. 

2212.  To  see  the  new  moon  over  the  left  shoulder  is  an 
omen  of  bad  luck. 

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2213.  To  see  the  new  moon  over  the  right  shoulder  brings 
good  luck. 

2214.  To  see  the  new  moon  through  brush  or  clouds  por- 
tends more  or  less  trouble  until  after  the  moon 
fulls. 

2215.  After  you  have  seen  the  new  moon  through  trees, 
you  will  have  trouble  that  month  if  you  are  not 
good. 

2216.  If  you  look  at  the  moon  through  the  tops  of  trees, 
your  sister  or  brother  will  die Mountains 

2217.  If  you  see  the  moon  through  brush  that  makes  a 

cross,  you  will  have  bad  luck.  If  the  brush  is 
straight,  for  example,  canebrush,  you  will  come  to 
no  harm Central  Kentucky 

2218.  If  you  see  the  new  moon  through  brush,  you  will 

shed  as  many  tears  as  any  vessel  will  hold  that  you 
have  in  your  hand Mountains 

2219.  It  means  good  luck  to  you  to  see  the  new  moon  clear 

of  clouds  and  brush,  especially  if  you  take  hold  of  a 
piece  of  money  and  turn  it  over  in  your  pocket. 

2220.  When  you  see  the  new  moon  clear,  kiss  the  first  per- 

son you  meet,  so  that  you  may  get  a  new  dress .... 
Blue  Grass 

2221.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  you  if  you  look  at  the  new 
moon  through  a  pane  of  glass. 

2222.  If  you  look  through  the  window  at  a  new  moon, 
there  will  be  illness  in  the  family. 

2223.  It  is  unlucky  for  a  bride  and  groom  to  see  a  new 
moon  out  of  a  car  window .  North-eastern  Kentucky 

2224.  If  you  see  the  moon  as  you  go  up  hill,  you  will  have 
good  luck Blue  Grass 

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2225.  If  you  see  the  moon  as  you  go  down  hill,  you  will 
have  bad  luck Blue  Grass 

2226.  It  is  a  sign  of  fire  to  see  the  new  moon  through  tele- 
phone wires. 

2227.  Show  the  new  moon  a  piece  of  money. 

2228.  If  you  have  some  money  in  your  pockets  when  you 

see  a  new  moon,  look  over  your  shoulder,  and  you 
will  never  be  bankrupt Mountain 

2229.  If  you  show  your  pocket-book  to  the  new  moon,  you 
will  have  twice  as  much  money  in  it ....  Mountains 
If  you  shake  an  empty  pocket-book  at  the  new 
moon,  you  will  have  it  full  of  money  before  the  next 
new  moon Mountains 

2230.  If  you  see  the  new  moon  with  something  in  your 
hand,  you  will  receive  a  present. 

2231.  The  thing  that  you  hold  in  your  hand  when  you  see 

a  new  moon  will  trouble  you  all  the  month 

Blue  Grass 

2232.  When  you  see  the  new  moon,  stop,  reach  down,  and 
get  some  dirt  out  from  under  your  left  heel,  tie  it 
in  a  rag,  and  put  it  under  your  pillow.    What  you 
dream  will  come  true Mountains 

2233.  The  first  appearance  of  a  new  moon  on  Saturday  is 
lucky. 

2234.  If  the  new  moon  appears  on  Saturday,  there  will 
be  rain  for  the  next  forty  days Mountains 

2235.  Vegetables    that   mature   under   ground   must   be 

planted  in  the  dark  of  the  moon. 

2236.  Vegetables   that   mature   above   ground   must   be 

planted  in  the  light  of  the  moon. 

2237.  Plant  root  vegetables  in  the  dark  of  the  moon,  vege- 
tables for  leaves   (as  cabbage  and  lettuce)  in  the 

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new  moon,  and  vegetables  for  blossoms  and  fruit 
(as  peas  and  beans)  in  the  full  moon. 

2238.  For  little  vine,  plant  in  the  dark  of  the  moon.    If 

potatoes  are  planted  in  the  light  of  the  moon,  the 
crop  will  be  near  the  ground. 

2239.  Only  Irish  potatoes,  say  some,  should  be  planted  in 
the  dark  of  the  moon. 

2240.  If  you  plant  potatoes  when  the  sign  of  the  zodiac1  is 

in  the  heart,  the  insects  will  not  attack  them 

Mountains 

2241.  All  tuber  plants  should  be  planted  in  the  dark  of 
the  moon,  say  some.    This  opinion  contradicts  the 
superstition  that   only   Irish   potatoes   should  be 
planted  in  the  dark  of  the  moon.     For  example, 
corn  should  be  planted  in  the  dark  of  the  moon, 
so  that  the  ear  will  be  low  and  large. 

2242.  Plant  asters  in  the  light  of  the  moon. .  .Blue  Grass 

2243.  Plant  flowers  in  the  light  of  the  moon,  that  they 
may  be  large  and  beautiful. 

2244.  Plant  flowers  (everything  in  which  vine  is  desired) 
when  the  sign  is  in  the  fingers. 

2245.  Plant  all  vines  in  the  light  of  the  moon. 

2246.  Sow  grass  always  in  the  light  of  the  moon. 

2247.  Plant  melons,  cucumbers,  and  the  like  when  the  sign 

is  in  the  twins. 

2248.  Crops  will  not  be  successful  if  planted  in  the  new 
moon. 

2249.  If  anyone  becomes  ill  in  a  March  that  has  two  new 
moons,  he  will  die. 

iMany  people,  especially  in  rural  communities  in  Kentucky,  are  guided  in 
their  daily  actions  by  the  sign  of  the  zodiac,  the  position  of  which  at  any  time 
is  shown  by  almanacs. 

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2250.  Early  in  the  fall  and  late  in  spring,  frost  in  the  new 
moon  does  not  bite  much. 

2251.  If  you  gather  apples  in  the  light  of  the  moon,  the 
bruises  will  dry  up. 

2252.  If  you  gather  apples  in  the  light  of  the  moon,  they 

will  not  rot. 

2253.  Beans  should  be  planted  when  the  sign  is  in  the 
arm Central  Kentucky 

2254.  Butterbeans  should  be  planted  when  the  sign  of  the 

zodiac  is  in  the  arm. 

2255.  Briars  should  be  cut  up  in  August  when  the  sign 

is  in  the  heart. 

2256.  Cabbages  planted  when  the  sign  is  in  the  head  will 
be  large. 

2257.  If  you  plant  your  cabbage  on  Friday  when  the  moon 

is  new,  it  will  not  be  killed  by  the  frost . .  Mountains 

2258.  Plant  corn  when  the  sign  is  in  the  arms. 

2259.  Corn  grows  more  rapidly  in  the  light  than  in  the 

dark  of  the  moon. 

2260.  If  you  plant  your  cucumbers  or  pumpkin  seeds 
when  the  sign  is  in  the  heart,  the  insects  will  eat 
them  up. 

2261.  Transplant  a  blooming  flower  in  the  light  of  the 

moon. 

2262.  Fruit  is  never  killed  during  the  light  of  the  moon. . 

Western  Kentucky 

2263.  Do  not  plant  onion  sets  when  the  sign  is  up,  for  they 

will  jump  out  of  the  ground,  and  you  will  have  to 
replant  them  after  the  sign  changes. 

2264.  Plant  trees  before  the  moon  is  old.    As  many  days 

as  you  wait,  so  many  years  you  will  wait  for  fruit 
Blue  Grass 

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2265.  The  new  of  the  moon  is  the  time  to  kill  timber. 

2266.  Never  peel  the  bark  to  a  tree  during  a  dark  moon. 

2267.  If  you  cut  the  weeds  out  of  your  yard  in  the  dark 

of  the  moon  in  March,  they  will  not  come  again. 

2268.  If  you  cut  a  few  inches  of  bark  from  the  trunk  of  a 
tree  on  the  twenty-fifth  of  May  in  the  light  of  the 
moon,  the  tree  will  die Blue  Grass 

2269.  To  kill  a  tree  so  that  it  will  not  sprout,  cut  it  down 
or  mutilate  it  in  the  dark  of  the  May  moon  in  June 
Blue  Grass* 

2270.  Deaden  locust  trees  in  the  dark  of  the  moon. 

2271.  Obviate  the  presence  of  locust  sprouts  by  killing  the 
tree  in  the  dark  of  the  moon  in  August. 

2272.  Trim  trees  when  the  sign  is  in  the  heart  in  August, 
the  best  time  of  the  whole  year  for  that  purpose . .  , 
Blue  Grass 

2273.  If  you  prune  a  tree  in  the  light  of  the  moon,  it  will 
not  die. 

2274.  If  peach  trees  are  in  bloom  during  the  light  of  the 
moon,  they  will  not  freeze,  however  cold  it  may  be, 

2275.  If  osage-orange  bushes  are  cut  down  in  the  dark  of 
the  moon  in  August,  they  will  not  grow  again. 

2276.  Peel  tan  bark  in  the  light  of  the  moon,  so  that  it 
will  slip  with  ease. 

2277.  Wean  a  calf,  horse,  or  mule  colt  just  after  the  new 

moon.    Otherwise  they  will  fret. 

2278.  Calves  will  cry  for  the  mother  cow,  unless  they  are 
weaned  when  the  sign  of  the  zodiac  is  in  the  legs. 

2279.  If  you  wean  a  calf  in  the  light  of  the  moon,  the  cow 
will  not  "bawl." 

2280.  If  you  wean  a  colt  when  the  sign  is  in  the  heart,  it 
will  cry  itself  to  death. 

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2281.  When  calves,  colts,  pigs,  and  so  forth  are  altered, 

let  it  be  when  the  sign  is  in  the  leg,  that  is,  between 
the  knee  and  the  ankle. 

2282.  Some  say  that  it  is  in  the  altering  only  of  colts  that 
you  need  wait  until  the  sign  is  in  the  leg. 

2283.  It  is  best  to  alter  hogs  when  the  sign  is  below  the 
waist. 

2284.  Kill  hogs  in  the  light  of  the  moon.    Otherwise  the 
meat  will  shrink  (or  go  to  grease,  or  taste  bad). 

2285.  Kill  hogs  when  "the  sign  has  gone  out  of  the  body," 
that  is,  when  the  sign  is  in  the  legs  or  the  head. 
Otherwise  the  meat  will  shrink,  go  to  grease,  or 
taste  bad. 

2286.  If  you  kill  hogs  in  the  dark  of  the  moon,  they  will 

make  much  lard. 

2287.  If  you  kill  hogs  in  the  light  of  the  moon,  the  meat 

will  draw  up  and  be  flabby Mountains 

This  superstition  and  the  next  one,  strongly  pre- 
valent in  one  section  of  the  mountains,  are  contra- 
dictory to  the  general  belief. 

2288.  If  a  hog  is  killed  in  the  old  of  the  moon,  it  will  have 

a  great  deal  of  lard  in  it Mountains 

2289.  If  you  butcher  on  Saturday  when  the  moon  is  full, 
the  meat  will  be  tough Mountains 

2290.  The  best  time  to  fish  is  the  period  when  the  sign  of 
the  zodiac  is  in  the  feet. 

2291.  To  fish  when  the  sign  is  in  the  head  causes  bad  luck. 

2292.  Fish  bite  best  in  the  dark  of  the  moon,  because  on 
moonlight  nights  they  feed  at  night. 

2293.  If  you  shoot  game  when  the  sign  is  in  the  breast, 
it  will  be  easily  killed Mountains 

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2294.  Horse-breeders  put  faith  in  the  moon  as  to  the  sex 

of  a  coming  colt Blue  Grass 

2295.  If  you  pick  geese  when  the  moon  is  shining,  you 

will  get  more  feathers  than  at  other  times 

Blue  Grass 

2296.  If  you  wean  a  baby  when  the  sign  is  in  the  heart, 
the  baby  will  die Mountains 

2297.  Bathe  only  in  the  dark  of  the  moon Mountains 

2298.  To  trim  your  nails  in  the  light  of  the  moon  brings 
good  luck. 

2299.  If  you  trim  your  finger  nails  in  the  dark  of  the 
moon,  you  are  sure  to  have  bad  luck. 

2300.  If  you  have  your  hair  cut  in  the  dark  of  the  moon, 
you  will  become  bald. 

2301.  If  you  have  your  hair  cut  in  the  light  of  the  moon, 
it  will  grow. 

2302.  If  you  cut  your  hair  when  the  moon  is  new,  you  will 
have  twice  as  much  hair  during  the  first  new  moon 
of  the  next  year Mountains 

2303.  Always  cut  your  hair  in  the  change  of  the  moon. 

2304.  Cut  your  hair  when  the  sign  is  in  the  feet. 

2305.  If  you  singe  your  hair  at  the  ends  when  there  is  a 
new  moon,  it  will  grow. 

2306.  Any  work  begun  in  the  full  of  the  moon  will  be 

disastrous. 

2307.  Move  when  the  moon  is  new,  before  it  goes  into  the 

first  quarter. 

2308.  If  you  clean  beds  in  the  dark  of  the  moon  in  March, 
there  will  be  no  vermin Blue  Grass 

2309.  If  you  clean  house  in  the  dark  of  the  moon  in 
March,  there  will  be  no  moths Blue  Grass 

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2310.  Dirt  will  not  come  out  of  clothes  in  the  dark  of  the 
moon   Mountains 

2311.  That  part  of  the  fence  laid  in  the  dark  of  moon  will 
rot,  or  the  bottom  rail  will  go  into  the  ground. 

2312.  Planks  laid  on  the  grass  in  the  dark  of  the  moon 
will  kill  the  grass. 

2313.  Planks  laid  on  the  grass  in  the  light  of  the  moon 
will  not  injure  the  grass. 

2314.  If  you  put  a  post  into  the  ground  in  the  light  of 
the  moon,  the  hole  cannot  be  filled Mountains 

2315.  If  you  make  preserves  in  the  light  of  the  moon,  the 
fruit  will  yield  more  than  in  the  dark  of  the  moon. 

2316.  Cut  rail  timbers  when  the  moon  is  old. 

2317.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  put  on  a  board  roof  or  lay  a 
worm  fence  in  the  new  moon. 

2318.  If  you  cover  a  house  with  shingles  in  the  light  of 
the  moon,  they  will  crimp.     Therefore,  shingle  a 
house  in  the  dark  of  the  moon. 

2319.  In  making  shirts,  cut  them  when  the  sign  of  the 

zodiac  is  in  the  legs  or  at  least  going  down.  Other- 
wise they  will  crawl  up  the  back  and  "out  of  the 
breeches." 

2320.  Make  soap  in  the  light  of  the  moon. 

2321.  Lye  soap  made  in  the  dark  of  the  moon  will  not 
thicken. 

2322.  To  make  soap,  stir  it  with  a  sassafras  stick  in  the 
dark  of  the  moon Western  Kentucky 

2323.  Do  not  make  sauer-kraut  or  put  pickles  in  brine 

when  the  sign  is  in  the  "fish,"  or  they  will  become 
shiny  and  soft. 

2324.  The  man  in  the  moon  is  carrying  brush  as  fuel  for 
hell-fire   Mountains 

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2325.  The  man  in  the  moon  is  carrying  brush  as  a  punish- 
ment for  working  on  Sunday  — Mountains 

2326.  The  man  in  the  moon  is  carrying  cane  as  a  punish- 
ment for  murdering  his  brother Mountains 

WEATHER  SIGNS1 

2327.  If  animals  have  heavy  fur,  expect  a  hard  winter. 

2328.  If  you  step  on  an  ant,  there  will  be  rain. 

2329.  In  spring  and  summer,  during  the  season  of  thun- 

derstorms, the  barometer  is  unsteady  preceding 
rain,  a  condition  that  is  not  observed  during  colder 
months Lexington 

2330.  Before  spring  and  summer  rains,  the  barometer  usu- 

ally falls  to  29.90  or  below,  and  before  autumn  and 
winter  to  30 Lexington 

2331.  After  a  drought  the  cry  of  a  rain  crow  near  a  set- 

tlement is  a  sure  sign  of  rain. 

2332.  The  singing  of  birds  and  hens  during  rain  is  an  in- 

dication of  approaching  fair  weather. 

2333.  If   birds   gather   together    in   multitudes    on   the 
ground,  there  will  shortly  be  snow Mountains 

2334.  If  you  see  a  bluebird  today,  you  may  expect  a  fair 

day  tomorrow Mountains 

2335.  If  a  bob-white  says  "Bob"  only  once,  that  is,  does 

not  repeat  the  first  note,  there  will  be  rain 

Western  Kentucky 

i  The  weather  signs  in  this  list  from  Lexington  and  Louisville  are  taken 
from  "Weather  Folk-Lore  and  Local  Weather  Signs,"  by  Edward  B.  Gar- 
riott,  U.  S.  Department  of  Agriculture,  Weather  Bureau,  page  101  for  Lex- 
ington; page  103  for  Louisville. 

Many  of  the  weather  signs  given  below  are  based  on  logical  causes.  They 
are  included  with  the  weather  superstitions  because  they  are  all  folk  signs 
and  because  no  distinction  is  felt  by  the  superstitions  between  the  logical 
signs  and  the  superstitions. 

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2336.  If  you  take  the  last  piece  of  bread  on  a  plate  by  ac- 

cident, you  may  look  for  rain Blue  Grass 

2337.  To  burn  brush  will  cause  rain. 

2338.  When  the  rain  makes  large  bubbles  on  the  ground, 

there  will  be  rain  the  next  day. 

2339.  Yellow  butterflies  in  the  fall  show  that  within  ten 

days  there  will  be  enough  frost  to  turn  the  leaves 
the  color  of  the  butterflies. 

2340.  If  a  calf  plays,  there  will  be  falling  weather. 

2341.  If  the  camphor  bottle  is  not  clear,  you  may  expect 
rain Blue  Grass 

2342.  If  the  camphor  bottle  is  clear,  you  may  expect 
pretty  weather Blue  Grass 

2343.  The  rising  of  camphor  in  a  bottle  signifies  rain. .  - 

Western  Kentucky 

2344.  If  candy  will  not  get  hard,  there  will  be  rain.    The 

condition  is  really  caused  by  relative  humidity 

Blue  Grass 

2345.  There  will  be  rain  soon  when  the  carpet  on  the  floor 
becomes  wet. 

2346.  If  a  cat  sleeps  before  the  fire  with  its  nose  turned  up, 

there  will  be  rain  soon Central  Kentucky 

2347.  If  a  cat  turns  on  its  back  with  its  nose  up,  there  will 
be  rain Mountains 

2348.  If  a  cat  sits  with  its  back  toward  the  fire,  cold  wea- 

ther may  be  expected. 

2349.  If  cats  play  with  their  tails,  bad  weather  is  immi- 
nent. 

2350.  When  a  cat  runs  about  the  house  and  plays,  you 

may  expect  high  winds. 

2351.  Expect  rain  when  a  cat  washes  its  face  around  its 

ear. 

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2352.  Caterpillars  in  the  fall  that  are  brown  in  the  middle 
and  yellow  at  each  end  prophesy  a  severe  middle 
winter  with  mild  weather  at  each  end. 

2353.  You  may  expect  rain  when  you  see  a  chicken  lying 

on  its  side. 

2354.  When  a  chicken  oils  its  feathers,  one  may  expect 

rain. 

2355.  When  chickens  fly  upon  something  and  pick  their 

feathers,  the  rain  is  over. 

2356.  If  chickens  seek  shelter  during  a  rain,  the  rain  will 
be  only  a  shower. 

2357.  If  chickens  do  not  seek  shelter  during  a  rain,  it  will 
rain  all  day,  or  at  least  for  some  hours. 

2358.  "If  the  cock  goes  crowing  to  bed, 

It  will  rise  with  a  watery  head." 

2359.  You  may  expect  a  cold  winter  if  the  inside  of  a 
chicken  gizzard  sticks  tight  when  you  take  it  out. 

2360.  When  the  inside  of  a  chicken  gizzard  comes  out 

easily,  you  may  expect  a  light  winter. 

2361.  If  cocks  crow  at  about  eight  o'clock  at  night,  there 
will  be  rain  the  next  day. 

2362.  If  a  rooster  crows  after  dark  and  before  midnight, 
there  will  be  rain  before  morning. 

2363.  The  crowing  of  chickens  at  midnight  indicates  the 

approach  of  bad  weather. 

2364.  The  coming  of  the  robin  is  the  surest  sign  of  spring. 

2365.  If  a  chicken  crows  more  than  ten  times,  there  will 
be  bad  weather Mountains 

2366.  If  when  it  is  raining  the  cock  crows  before  noon,  the 

afternoon  will  be  clear Blue  Grass 

2367.  The  crowing  of  a  cock  before  twelve  o'clock  noon 
means  a  change  of  weather Blue  Grass 

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2368.  If  a  chimney  that  is  blown  from  your  house  during 

a  storm  falls  on  the  left  of  the  house,  you  will  have 
bad  luck Blue  Grass 

2369.  If  the  wind  comes  down  the  chimney,  the  weather 
will  be  very  cold North-eastern  Kentucky 

2370.  Cirrus,  cirro-stratus,  and  alto-stratus  clouds  are  al- 
most invariably  forerunners  of  rain  in  all  seassons 
Lexington 

2371.  Cirrus  and  cirro-stratus  clouds  indicate  rain,  but  are 
far  from  being  a  sure  sign.     They  frequently  ap- 
pear for  several  hours,  disappear,  and  re-appear 
the  next  day Louisville 

2372.  No  special  cloud  formation  is  known  on  which  it 

would  be  safe  to  predict  rain  more  than  twenty- 
four  hours  in  advance.  Some  cloud  formations  are 
of  decided  assistance,  however,  if  used  in  connec- 
tion with  a  knowledge  of  the  location  of  approach- 
ing storm  areas Louisville 

2373.  Pink  clouds  seen  in  the  west  in  the  evening  pro- 
phesy rain Mountains 

2374.  There  will  be  fair  weather  if  the  clouds  have  a  gold- 
en appearance   Mountains 

2375.  Buttermilk  clouds  are  seen  before  rain. 

2376.  Three  successive  cloudy  mornings  mean  that  there 
will  be  rain  on  the  third. 

2377.  Cobwebs  on  the  grass  are  a  sign  of  rain. 

2378.  When  corn  twists  up,  there  will  be  rain .  Mountains 

2379.  Red  corn  is  a  sign  of  a  hard  winter 

Central  Kentucky 

2380.  If  corn  blades  wither,  there  will  be  rain. 

2381.  When  a  large  number  of  tumble-bugs  are  seen,  ij 

indicates  a  hard  winter  is  coming. 

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2382.  If  your  corns  itch,  expect  rain. 

2383.  Cows  coming  home  in  the  middle  of  the  day  are  a 
sign  of  a  bad  storm. 

2384.  When  the  crawfishes  do  not  throw  up  their  usual 

little  mounds,  expect  a  wet  summer 

Central  Kentucky 

2385.  A  crow's  cry  indicates  fair  weather  that  day 

Northeastern  Kentucky 

2386.  If  a  crow  drinks  out  of  a  stream  running  by  a  house 

before  breakfast,  it  will  rain  before  dark. 

2387.  The  presence  of  a  large  flock  of  crows  together  is 

followed  by  a  change  of  weather Blue  Grass 

2388.  The  first  three  days  of  the  year  determine  the  gen- 
eral character  of  the  weather  during  the  year. 

2389.  The  weather  of  the  first  four  days  of  the  year  indi- 
cates that  of  the  first  four  months  of  the  year.  .  .  . 
Western  Kentucky 

2390.  The  first  twelve  days  of  January  foretell  the  wea- 
ther of  the  twelve  months  respectively. 

2391.  The  weather  from  new  Christmas  to  old  Christ- 
mas— twelve  days — governs  the  weather  of  the  fol- 
lowing twelve  months  respectively ....  Mountains 

£392.  The  weather  of  the  first  three  days  in  December  de- 
termines the  weather  for  December,  January,  and 
February. 

2393.  The  first  three  days  of  any  season  determine  the 
weather  for  that  season. 

2394.  The  first  thunder  in  spring  means  that  winter  is 
broken. 

2395.  The  first  thunder  in  the  spring  awakens  the  snakes 

Western  Kentucky 

2396.  If  a  spring  bird  calls  late  in  the  winter,  while  the 

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weather  is  still  cold,  there  will  be  colder  weather  or 
more  snow Central  Kentucky 

2397.  A  cold  winter  is  followed  by  a  hot  summer. 

2398.  Frosts  in  summer  indicate  that  the  crops  have  been 
planted  in  some  cold  planet  like  the  moon. 

2399.  Frost  is  likely  to  damage  fruit  or  other  crops  from 
March  twentieth  to  April  thirtieth,  and  from  Sep- 
tember fifteenth  to  October  fifteenth . .  .  Louisville 

2400.  A  rain  on  the  first  day  of  the  month  is  a  sign  of 
fifteen  rains  that  month Blue  Grass 

2401.  If  it  rains  on  the  first  day  of  any  month,  it  will  rain 

seventeen  days  that  month Blue  Grass 

2402.  The  date  of  the  month  of  the  first  snow  indicates  the 
number  of  snows  that  will  fall  during  the  winter. 

2403.  Count  the  number  of  days  from  the  date  of  the  first 
snow  until  Christmas,  to  find  the  number  of  snows 
that  will  fall  that  winter Southern  Kentucky 

2404.  When  there  is  thunder  in  the  winter  time,  very  cold 
weather  may  be  expected Central  Kentucy 

2405.  If  the  wind  blows  from  the  south  on  the  first  day 

of  January,  it  will  blow  from  the  south  every  day 
of  that  month Blue  Grass 

2406.  Just  as  many  foggy  mornings  as  there  are  in  Janu- 

ary, there  will  be  just  so  many  frosty  mornings  in 
May  and  on  the  same  days  of  the  month .  Mountains 

2407.  The  number  of  times  it  thunders  in  January  indi- 
cates the  number  of  frosts  there  will  be  in  April. 

2408.  The  days  that  are  cold  in  February  will  be  warm  in 

March,  and  the  warm  days  in  February  will  be  the 
cold  ones  in  March. 

2409.  If  it  thunders  in  February,  there  will  be  snow  in 

May. 

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2410.  If  it  thunders  on  a  certain  day  in  February,  there 
will  be  frost  on  that  day  in  May. 

2411.  The  number  of  times  it  thunders  in  February,  so 
often  will  it  frost  in  May. 

2412.  If  it  thunders  on  the  last  day  of  February,  there 
will  be  frost  on  the  last  day  of  May. 

2413.  If  it  thunders  in  February,  goose  eggs  will  not 
hatch Western  Kentucky 

2414.  If  the  ground  hog  sees  his  shadow  on  February  sec- 
ond, there  will  be  six  more  weeks  of  cold  weather. 

2415.  It  is  between  eleven  and  one  o'clock  on  February 

second  that  the  ground  hog's  shadow  is  significant. 

2416.  If  it  freezes  on  February  twenty-second,  there  will 
be  forty  more  freezes Blue  Grass 

2417.  There  will  be  heavy  rains  on  the  first  Monday  in 
March   Mountains 

2418.  If  it  snows  the  first  day  of  March,  there  will  be 
snow  for  thirty  days Central  Kentucky 

2419.  If  March  comes  in  like  a  lion,  it  goes  out  like  a  lamb. 

2420.  If  March  comes  in  like  a  lamb,  it  goes  out  like  a  lion. 

2421.  Fruit  is  never  killed  by  frost  in  March 

Western  Kentucky 

2422.  Mists  in  March  mean  frost  in  May. 

2423.  The  sun  never  shines  on  Good  Friday. 

2424.  In  whatever  direction  the  wind  blows  on  Good  Fri- 

day, it  will  blow  for  forty  days. 

2425.  If  there  is  enough  rain  on  Easter  Sunday  to  wet  a 

pocket  handkerchief,  there  will  be  a  good  crop  year. 

2426.  If  it  rains  on  Easter  Sunday,  it  will  rain  on  seven 

Sundays  in  succession. 

2427.  If  the  wind  blows  a  certain  way  on  Easter  Sunday, 

it  will  blow  that  way  for  six  weeks. 

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2428.  When  there  is  an  early  Easter,  there  is  an  early 

spring. 

2429.  When  there  is  a  late  Easter,  there  is  a  late  spring. 

2430.  If  it  rains  on  the  first  day  of  April,  there  will  be  rain 

for  fifteen  successive  days Western  Kentucky 

2431.  If  you  remove  your  flannels  on  the  first  day  of  May, 
you  will  not  take  cold. 

2432.  Cool  weather  in  May  is  called  blackberry  winter. 

2433.  If  the  weather  is  cool  when  the  dogwood  blooms, 
the  term  dogwood  winter  is  used  for  the  cool  period. 

2434.  If  it  rains  June  first,  there  will  be  fifty-seven  rains 
in  June,  July,  and  August Central  Kentucky 

2435.  If  it  rains  the  first  three  days  of  June,  there  will 
be  no  wild  grapes Blue  Grass 

2436.  There  will  be  no  blackberries  if  it  rains  on  June 

second. 

2437.  If  it  rains  on  the  sixth  of  June,  there  will  be  no 
mast Mountains 

2438.  A  dry  June  means  a  good  corn  crop. 

2439.  If  it  rains  on  the  first  of  the  dog  days,  it  will  rain 
thirty  days. 

2440.  If  it  rains  on  July  first,  it  will  rain  seventeen  days 
in  the  month. 

2441.  If  it  rains  on  July  first,  there  will  be  no  grapes 
that  year Mountains 

2442.  If  it  rains  between  the  first  and  the  fourth  of  July, 
it  will  rain  for  forty  days Mountains 

2443.  If  it  rains  on  the  fourth  of  July,  there  will  be  no 
grapes  that  year Mountains 

2444.  It  never  rains  at  night  in  July . . .  Central  Kentucky 

2445.  If  it  rains  on  St.  Swithin's  day,  July  fifteenth,  it 
will  rain  for  forty  days. 

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2446.  There  will  be  as  many  snows  in  the  following  winter 
as  there  are  rains  in  August. 

2447.  As  many  foggy  mornings  as  there  are  in  August, 

so  many  snows  will  there  be  in  the  winter. 

2448.  There  will  be  as  many  snows  in  the  winter  as  there 
are  foggy  mornings  in  October. 

2449.  If  it   thunders   in  December,   there   will   be   cold 
weather. 

2450.  A  green  (warm)  Christmas  makes  a  fat  graveyard. 

2451.  A  white   (snowy)   Christmas  means  a  lean  grave- 
yard. 

2452.  If  it  sleets  between  the  Christmases  (old  and  new), 
there  will  be  a  good  mast  year Mountains 

2453.  The  number  of  fogs  in  summer  indicates  the  num- 
ber of  snows  in  winter. 

2454.  If  you  stick  an  axe  into  a  tree  during  "dogwood 
winter"  (see  2433),  the  tree  will  die. 

2455.  If  it  rains  on  Sunday,  there  will  be  only  one  fair 

day  in  the  week. 

2456.  If  the  sun  sets  behind  a  cloud  on  Wednesday  eve- 
ning, there  will  be  rain  before  Sunday. 

2457.  If  the  sun  shines  on  Monday,  it  will  shine  every  day 
in  the  week. 

2458.  If  the  leaves  on  the  trees  turn  up  on  Monday,  it 
will  rain  before  Wednesday. 

2459.  If  the  leaves  on  the  trees  turn  up  on  Wednesday,  it 
will  rain  before  Sunday. 

2460.  If  it  rains  on  Monday,  it  will  rain  all  the  week. 

2461.  A  rain  on  Monday  means  rain  two  more  days  of 

that  week. 

2462.  If  the  weather  is  cloudy  on  Monday,  there  will  be 
cloudy  weather  on  three  days  of  the  week. 

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2463.  If  the  sun  goes  down  behind  a  bank  of  clouds  on 
Wednesday,  there  will  be  rain  before  the  week  is 
gone. 

2464.  A  cloudy  sunset  on  Thursday  means  no  rain  before 

Sunday. 

2465.  Friday  is  either  the  fairest  or  the  foulest  day  of 
the  week. 

2466.  The  sun  always  shines  brightly  sometime  on  Friday 
and  Saturday. 

2467.  A  rain  on  Friday  means  rain  on  Sunday. 

2468.  If  the  weather  is  clear  on  Friday,  it  will  rain  on 

Sunday. 

2469.  If  the  sunset  is  clear  on  Friday,  there  will  be  rain 
before  Monday. 

2470.  The  weather  at  Friday  noon  determines  the  weather 

for  the  following  Sunday. 

2471.  If  the  sun  sets  behind  a  cloud  Friday  night,  it  will 

rain  before  Tuesday. 

2472.  When  the  moon  sets  clear  on  Friday,  there  will  be 

rain  before  Tuesday. 

2473.  The  sun  shines  every  Saturday  but  three  during  the 
year. 

2474.  If  the  clouds  open  before  seven  and  close  again, 

there  will  be  rain  before  eleven.    "Open  and  shet  is 
a  sign  of  wet." 

2475.  "Rain  before  seven,  stop  before  eleven." 

2476.  It  always  clears  off  at  milking  time. 

2477.  It  never  rains  so  hard  at  three  o'clock  in  the  after- 
noon as  it  does  at  other  times  in  the  day. 

2478.  When  the  wind  is  high,  it  will  blow  hardest  about 

five  o'clock — night  or  morning. 

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2479.  "Night  red,  next  morning  gray, 

Sure  sign  of  a  pretty  day." 

2480.  "Red  in  the  morning,  sailors  take  warning. 
Red  at  night,  sailors  delight." 

2481.  "Red  sunrise  at  morning,  sailors  take  warning. 
Red  sunset  at  evening,  storms  are  leaving." 

2482.  "If  at  morn  the  sky  be  red,  it  bids  the  traveler  stay 

in  bed; 

If  at  night  the  sky  be  gray,  it  bids  the  traveler  on 

his  way." 

2483.  "Evening  red,  morning  gray,  speed  the  traveler  on 
his  way ; 

Evening  gray  and  morning  red,  brings  down  rain 
upon  his  head." 

2484.  "Evening  red  and  morning  gray,  sets  a  traveler  on 
his  way. 

Evening  gray  and  morning  red,  put  on  your  hat 
and  wet  your  head." 

2485.  If  the  sun  sets  clear,  there  will  be  fair  weather  for 
the  next  three  days;  if  cloudy,  it  will  rain  within 
three  days. 

2486.  If  the  sun  throws  a  reflection  on  the  window  when 
it  is  going  down,  the  next  day  will  be  fair. 

2487.  If  the  weather  clears  off  during  the  hours  of  dark- 
ness there  will  be  rain  again  within  thirty-six  hours. 

2488.  Butterflies  in  the  fall  are  a  sign  of  cold  weather  im- 

mediately. 

2489.  If  it  thunders  at  midnight,  the  frogs  will  soon  look 
through  glass  windows  (that  is,  there  will  be  ice- 
cold  weather). 

2490.  "Blessed  are  the  dead  the  rain  falls  on." 

2491.  If  anyone  dies,  it  will  rain Mountains 

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2492.  If  there  is  dew  on  the  grass  at  night,  there  will  be 
good  weather. 

2493.  If  there  is  no  dew  at  night,  there  will  be  bad  weather. 

2494.  "If  the  dew  is  on  the  grass, 
Rain  will  never  come  to  pass." 

2495.  If  there  is  not  much  dew  on  the  ground  in  the  morn- 
ing, one  may  expect  rain. 

2496.  When  a  dog  chews  grass,  there  will  be  rain. 

2497.  If  a  dog  howls  toward  the  moon,  you  may  expect 
snow. 

2498.  When  a  turtle-dove  calls  in  the  spring,  winter  is 
broken. 

2499.  The  cry  of  a  turtle-dove  foretells  warm  weather. 

2500.  When  turtle-doves  coo,  there  will  be  rain. 

2501.  To  dream  of  the  dead  is  a  sign  of  rain  or  snow. . . 

Western  Kentucky 

2502.  If  you  dream  of  eating  something,  there  will  be  bad 

weather. 

2503.  If  ducks  fly  high,  there  will  be  clear  weather. 

2504.  If  ducks  fly  low,  there  will  be  falling  weather. 

2505.  If  your  feet  hurt,  it  will  rain. 

2506.  Itching  of  frostbitten  feet  indicates  the  nearness  of 

snow  or  rain. 

2507.  If  firelight  is  seen  reflected  on  the  woodwork  in 
the  room,  cold  weather  will  follow. 

2508.  When  fire  spits,  there  will  be  snow. 

2509.  The  crackling  of  the  fire  with  a  fluffy  sound  as  if 

snow  were  falling  into  it  indicates  the  coming  of 
snow. 

2510.  If  a  fire  sighs,  there  will  be  very  cold  weather. 

2511.  When  fish  jump  above  the  surface  of  the  water, 
you  may  expect  rain Blue  Grass 

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2512.  When  flies  sting  you,  expect  rain. 

2513.  If  a  flower  or  a  fruit  tree  which  should  bloom  or 
bear  but  once  a  year,  blooms  or  bears  twice  in  a 
season,  you  may  look  for  a  hard  winter. 

2514.  If  the  fog  lifts  early,  it  will  rain Mountains 

2515.  If  the  fog  lifts  late,  the  day  will  be  clear. 

2516.  If  the  fog  goes  up,  there  will  be  falling  weather. 

2517.  If  the  fog  comes  down,  there  will  be  pretty  weather- 

2518.  A  dense  fog  line  near  water,  indicates  the  height  to 

which  the  water  will  rise  by  means  of  the  rain 
which  will  follow  the  fog Mountains 

2519.  In  winter,  if  the  fowls  seek  a  more  elevated  place 
to  roost,  there  is  colder  weather  coming. 

2520.  Frogs  freeze  up  three  times  before  spring  comes  to 

stay Mountains 

2521.  If  frogs  croak  in  the  daytime,  it  will  rain. 

2522.  A  white  frost  is  a  sign  of  rain. 

2523.  After  three  white  (heavy)  frosts,  expect  rain. 

2524.  If  frost  hangs  on  the  timber  late  in  the  morning, 
snow  may  be  expected. 

2525.  The  general  conditions  that  precede  heavy  frosts 
are:  rising  barometer,  falling  temperature,  low  hu- 
midity,  west  to   northwest  winds   diminishing   in 
force,  and  clear  or  clearing  weather ....  Lexington 

2526.  Fruits,  vegetables,  and  other  crops  are  likely  to  be 

damaged  by  spring  frosts Lexington 

2527.  Autumn  crops  in  Kentucky  are  generally  not  in- 

jured by  frost Lexington 

2528.  The  continual  slamming  of  a  gate  means  that  cold 
weather  is  approaching .  .  .  North-eastern  Kentucky 

2529.  When  the  gnats  swarm,  rain  and  warmer  weather 

will  follow .  Central  Kentucky 

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2530.  If  the  breastbone  of  a  goose  is  white,  expect  clear, 
warm  weather. 

2531.  If  the  breastbone  of  a  goose  is  dark,  you  may  ex- 
pect cold  weather. 

2532.  If  the  breastbone  of  the  goose  is  mottled,  expect 
varied  weather. 

2533.  The  weather  goose  must  be  hatched  in  June  and 
killed  on  December  first. 

2534.  You  may  expect  rain  when  a  number  of  geese  flap 
their  wings  in  the  water Mountains 

2535.  If  wild  geese  fly  low  when  they  go  south,  the  winter 
will  be  mild. 

2536.  If  wild  geese  fly  high  when  they  go  south,  the  winter 
will  be  severe. 

2537.  A  heavy  wild-grape  crop  is  followed  by  a  hard 

winter. 

2538.  If  a  grasshopper  is  seen  dancing,  there  will  be  rain 
within  three  days Southern  Kentucky 

2539.  When  guineas  cry  in  the  afternoon,  there  will  be 

rain  later. 

2540.  When  your  hair  curls,  you  may  expect  rain. 

2541.  If  a  hog  looks  toward  the  north,  cold  weather  may 
be  expected. 

2542.  There  will  be  cold  weather  when  hogs  begin  to 
build  their  beds. 

2543.  If  a  hog's  liver  points  towards  its  head  with  the 

little  end,  the  first  part  of  the  winter  will  be  warm 
and  the  second  part  cold Blue  Grass 

2544.  If  a  hog's  liver  points  towards  its  head  with  the 
large  end,  the  first  part  of  the  winter  will  be  cold 
and  the  second  part  warm Blue  Grass 

2545.  When  hogs  are  killed  in  the  winter,  if  the  large  end 

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of  the  hog's  spleen  is  behind,  most  of  the  winter 
is  over Blue  Grass 

2546.  When  hogs  are  killed  in  the  winter,  if  the  large 
end  of  the  hog's  spleen  is  in  front,  the  hardest  part 
of  the  winter  is  yet  to  come Blue  Grass 

2547.  The  squealing  of  pigs  foretells  cold  weather. 

2548.  The  loud  sound  of  horses'  hooves  shows  that  rain  is 
near. 

2549.  "Horses'  tails  and  fishes'  scales 

Make  sailors  spread  their  sails." 

2550.  If  a  hornet  builds  his  nest  low,  there  will  be  a  cold 
winter Western  Kentucky 

2551.  If  the  hornet's  nest  is  high,  the  winter  will  be  mild 

Western  Kentucky 

2552.  Rapidly  increasing  moisture  after  a  period  of  low 
humidity  is  a  strong  indication  of  approaching  rain, 
but  by  no  means  a  sure  one Louisville 

2553.  Except  as  a  sign  of  more  rain  during  an  intermis- 

sion in  a  rainstorm,  high  humidity  is  not  usually  a 
forerunner  of  rain,  unless  the  rain  is  about  to  begin 
Lexington 

2554.  There  is  generally  a  decrease  of  relative  humidity 
before  rain Lexington 

2555.  As  a  rule,  humidity  can  not  be  depended  upon  as  an 

indicator  of  rain Lexington 

2556.  If  you  see  an  insect  carrying  material  for  its  bed, 
there  will  be  cold  weather Western  Kentucky 

2557.  Ninety  days,  or  three  months,  after  the  first  katydid 

is  heard,  there  will  be  frost. 

2558.  If  a  lamp  flickers  continually,  there  will  be  rain .  .  . 

Blue  Grass 

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2559.  Lightning  in  the  north  means  rain  within  twenty- 

four  hours Central  Kentucky 

2560.  Lightning  in  the  north  is  a  sign  of  dry  weather. 

2561.  If  you  see  lightning  in  the  northwest,  it  will  rain 

within  forty-eight  hours. 

2562.  If  there  is  lightning  in  the  east,  one  may  look  for 

dry  weather. 

2563.  Lightning  in  the  south  means  dry  weather. 

2564.  When  you  see  a  flash  of  lightning,  count  as  fast  as 

you  can  until  it  thunders.    The  number  will  show 
how  many  miles  away  the  lightning  has  struck. 

2565.  If  locusts  are  noisy,  dry  weather  will  follow. 

2566.  If  locust  blooms  are  heavy,  expect  a  cool  summer. 

2567.  If  everything  is  eaten  at  a  meal,  the  weather  will  be 
clear  the  next  day Mountains 

2568.  There  will  be  rain  if  mice  cry  loudly  at  night. 

2569.  When  the  thick  part  of  milk  rises  to  the  top,  there 

will  be  rain. 

2570.  If  the  rain  gets  thick  and  heavy,  almost  like  mist. 

the  weather  will  turn  cold. 

2571.  The  presence  of  a  great  quantity  of  mistletoe  in 
the  fall  indicates  that  a  severe  winter  will  follow. 

2572.  An  abundance  of  wild  fruits  in  the  fall  is  a  sign  of 

a  cold  winter. 

2573.  When  the  new  moon  stands  on  end,  it  is  generally 
thought  that  the   weather   during  the   following 
month  will  be  dry. 

2574.  When  the  new  moon  lies  on  its  back,  that  is,  when 
the  horns  extend  upward,  it  is  generally  thought 
that  the  following  month  will  be  dry,  for  the  moon 
will  hold  water.    Some  believe,  however,  that  such 
a  moon  betokens  wet  weather. 

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2575.  When  a  new  moon  lies  sufficiently  on  its  side  to  al- 
low an  Indian's  powder  horn  to  be  hung  on  the 
point,  the  moon  will  be  a  dry  one. 

2576.  A  ring  around  the  moon  with  a  star  in  it  brings 

clear  weather. 

2577.  "Circle  around  the  moon,  rain  soon; 

Circle  around  the  sun,  rain  none." 

2578.  When  the  moon  has  a  ring  around  it,  there  will  be 

as  many  rainy  days  that  week  as  there  are  stars  in 
the  ring. 

2579.  A  ring  around  the  moon  is  a  sign  of  rain  or  bad 

weather,  which  will  begin  in  as  many  days  as  there 
are  stars  enclosed  in  the  circle. 

2580.  The  number  of  rings  around  the  moon  shows  how 
many  days  there  will  be  before  the  rain. 

2581.  A  circle  around  the  moon  with  two  stars  in  it  is  a 

sign  that  it  will  rain  in  two  days. 

2582.  If  there  are  seven  stars  in  a  circle  around  the  moon, 
there  will  be  rain  for  seven  hours. 

2583.  The  presence  of  two  rings  around  the  full  moon 
brings  snow  within  twenty-four  hours. 

2584.  If  the  moon  changes  in  the  morning,  there  will  be 
rain North-eastern  Kentucky 

2585.  If  the  moon  changes  in  the  afternoon  or  evening, 
there  will  not  be  rain ....  North-eastern  Kentucky 

2586.  A  ring  around  the  moon  is  a  sign  of  cold  weather. 

2587.  No  frost  will  fall  when  a  full  moon  is  shining. 

2588.  Any  month  when  the  moon  is  north  of  due  west  is 

a  cold  month. 

2589.  Any  month  when  the  moon  is  south  of  due  west  is 
.  a  hot  month. 

2590.  If  there  is  a  ring  around  the  moon,  rain  may  be  ex- 

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pected.     The  nearer  it  is,  the  sooner  will  the  rain 
come. 

2591.  When  the  moon  hangs  low  in  the  south,  there  will 

be  mild  weather. 

2592.  The  number  of  days  old  the  moon  is  when  it  snows 

for  the  first  time  is  the  number  of  times  it  will 
snow  that  year. 

2593.  The  bad  weather  of  January  1915  was  explained  by 
the  presence  of  two  full  moons  that  month. 

2594.  The  growing  of  moss  on  the  south  side  of  trees 
means  that  a  cold  winter  may  be  expected. 

2595.  If   a  mule   looks   toward  the   north,   expect   cold 
weather. 

2596.  If  you  drive  a  nail  into  the  ground,  there  will  be 
rain  the  next  day Western  Kentucky 

2597.  If  you  see  a  negro,  it  will  rain. 

2598.  If  the  nut  crop  fails,  the  winter  will  be  mild 

Mountains 

2599.  If  the  nut  crop  is  heavy,  the  winter  will  be  severe .  . 

Mountains 

2600.  An  owl's  hooting  indicates  the  coming  of  heavy  rain 

Mountains 

2601.  The  hooting  of  owls  indicates  a  change  of  weather.  . 

Mountains 

2602.  When  an  owl  screams  on  the  top  of  a  mountain,  dry 
weather  may  be  expected Mountains 

2603.  When  peacocks  cry  a  great  deal  in  winter,  the  cold 

weather  is  over. 

2604.  There  will  be  rain  when  the  peacocks  run  crying 

along  the  ground. 

2605.  The  cry  of  a  peacock  is  followed  by  rain. 

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2606.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  play  a  piano  when  a  storm  is 
going  on. 

2607.  If  you  lick  your  plate  at  breakfast,  there  will  be 
rain  before  supper Southern  Kentucky 

2608.  Preparation  for  rain  scares  it  away. 

2609.  The  crying  of  rabbits  is  followed  by  heavy  and  con- 
tinuous rain  Mountains 

2610.  "Rainbow  at  night,  shepherds'  delight. 
Rainbow  in  the  morning,  shepherds'  warning." 

2611.  "Rainbow  in  morn,  sailors  warned. 
Rainbow  at  night,  sailors'  delight. 
Rainbow  at  noon,  more  rain  soon." 

2612.  If  a  rainbow  bends  over  a  house,  there  will  be  a 
death  in  that  house Western  Kentucky 

2613.  A  rainbow  in  the  west  is  a  sign  of  wet  weather. 

2614.  A  rainbow  in  the  east  is  a  sign  of  dry  weather. 

2615.  If  you  see  a  rainbow,  there  will  not  be  any  more 
rain  that  day. 

2616.  If  a  raincrow  calls  late  in  the  evening,  there  will  be 
rain  next  day. 

2617.  The  redbird's  whistle  is  a  sign  of  rain. 

2618.  When  a  redbird  says,  "Wet,  wet,"  a  heavy  rain  may 

be  expected. 

2619.  If  a  redbird  that  you  are  looking  at  flies  to  the  right, 
the  weather  will  turn  cold. 

2620.  When   redbirds   fly   low,   you   may   look   for   bad 

weather. 

2621.  An  attack  of  rheumatism  means  the  coming  of  rain 

soon. 

2622.  Every  time  your  rheumatism  hurts  you,  you  may 

look  for  rain. 

2623.  Sweating  rocks  are  a  sign  of  rain. 

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2624.  If  you  kick  up  the  rug  several  times,  you  may  look 

for  rain. 

2625.  If  you  drop  salt  on  the  ground,  you  may  look  for 
rain Western  Kentucky 

2626.  If  the  sun  draws  water  in  the  evening,  it  is  a  sign  of 
approaching  rain  (cf.  2656). 

2627.  If  it  has  not  been  raining  for  a  day  and  is  cloudy, 
and  if  a  patch  of  sky  large  enough  to  make  a  sailor 
a  pair  of  trousers  is  seen  before  ten  o'clock,  it  will 
not  rain  that  day. 

2628.  "Mackerel  sky,  not  twenty-four  hours  dry." 

2629.  "A  mackerel  sky  never  leaves  the  earth  three  days 
dry." 

2630.  A  mare's  tail  in  the  sky  is  a  sign  of  rain. 

2631.  A  blue  spot  of  sky  as  large  as  a  Dutchman's  trous- 

ers means  that  the  weather  will  be  clear. 

2632.  If   smoke   goes   straight   up,   there   will   be   clear 
weather. 

2633.  If  smoke  stays  close  to  the  ground,  there  will  be 
high  winds  and  bad  weather. 

2634.  If  the  smoke  from  a  train  is  white  and  cloudlike, 
there  will  be  fair  weather. 

2635.  If  smoke  goes  down  stream,  expect  rain. 

2636.  If  smoke  goes  down  the  valley,  rain  may  be  ex- 
pected. 

2637.  When  coal  smoke  and  gas  puff  out  into  the  room 

with  a  singing  noise,  snow  may  be  looked  for. 

2638.  If  a  snake  crosses  your  path,  there  will  be  rain. 

2639.  To  kill  a  snake  and  turn  it  over  will  cause  rain. 

2640.  If  a  black  snake  is  killed  and  hung  on  a  fence,  rain 
will  come. 


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2641.  The  hanging  of  a  black  snake  up  by  the  tail  will 
bring  rain  before  night. 

2642.  When  snipes  cry,  winter  is  over 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

2643.  If  the  snow  melts  from  the  trees,  the  snow  will  leave 
the  ground  in  a  rain. 

2644.  If  the  snow  is  blown  off  the  trees,  there  will  be  an- 

other snow  soon  before  the  current  snow  melts. 

2645.  Snow  left  unmelted  in  the  fence  corner  brings  an- 
other snow. 

2646.  When  you  see  snowbirds  flying  along  a  rail  fence, 

you  may  expect  the  weather  to  be  much  colder  with- 
in the  next  twenty-four  hours. 

2647.  If  you  kill  a  spider,  there  will  be  rain  that  day .... 

Mountains 

2648.  If  you  kill  a  spider  on  a  rainy  day,  it  will  rain  the 
next  day Mountains 

2649.  You  may  expect  bad  weather  when  a  squirrel  gath- 

ers nuts. 

2650.  When  the  squirrel  hoards  are  large,  there  will  be  a 

cold  winter. 

2651.  If  the  stars  are  thick,  there  will  be  rain. 

2652.  If  an  old  person  stumbles,  there  will  be  rain  the  next 
day Central  Kentucky 

2653.  If  the  sun  shines  while  it  is  raining,  there  will  be 

rain  the  next  day. 

2654.  If  it  rains  while  the  sun  is  shining,  there  will  be  rain 

at  the  same  time  the  next  day. 

2655.  "Ring  around  the  sun,  rain  none; 

Ring  around  the  moon,  rain  soon" Mountains 

2656.  If  the  sun  draws  water  in  the  morning,  there  will 
be  rain  in  the  evening. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

2657.  If  the  sun  shines  while  it  is  snowing,  there  will  be 

snow  the  next  day. 

2658.  It  always  rains  for  five  days  in  succession  after  an 
eclipse  of  the  sun. 

2659.  When  the  telephone  wires  sing,  a  change  of  weather 
may  be  expected. 

2660.  To  kill  a  toad  will  cause  rain. 

2661.  If  rain  drops  cling  to  the  twigs  of  trees,  there  will 
be  more  rain. 

2662.  If  tree  leaves  wither,  there  will  be  rain. 

2663.  If  you  see  the  white  on  leaves  when  the  wind  is 
blowing,  there  will  be  rain. 

2664.  When  maple  leaves  turn  up,  there  will  be  rain. 

2665.  If  you  hear  whistling  among  the  trees  in  a  moun- 
tain, you  may  expect  rain  before  dawn . .  Mountains 

2666.  When  the  trees  have  heavy  foliage,  there  will  be  a 
hard  winter. 

2667.  If  bark  grows  on  the  north  side  of  a  tree,  there  will 
be  a  cold  winter. 

2668.  If  snow  sticks  to  the  sides  of  trees  and  houses,  there 
will  be  snow  again  in  forty-eight  hours. 

2669.  If  sycamore  trees  are  white  and  smooth  in  the 

autumn,  a  mild  winter  may  be  expected. 

2670.  If  a  tree  toad  croaks,  it  will  rain. 

2671.  Turkeys  dance  (that  is,  jump  up  and  down)  before 

rain. 

2672.  The  carrying  of  an  umbrella  scares  the  rain  away. 

2673.  Foam  on  the  water  is  a  sign  of  rain 

Southern  Kentucky 

2674.  A  sweating  water  pitcher  is  a  sign  of  rain. 

2675.  A  whirlwind  going  east  is  a  sign  of  rain. 

2676.  If  a  whirlwind  goes  down  stream,  there  will  be  rain 

soon. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

2677.  Whirlwinds  of  dust  are  a  sign  of  dry  weather. 

2678.  If  it  begins  raining  while  the  wind  is  blowing  from 
the  east,  there  will  be  rain  every  day  for  seven  days. 

2679.  Precipitation  is  generally  preceded  for  eighteen  to 
twenty-four  hours  by  southeast  to  northeast  winds 
and  falling  barometer Lexington 

2680.  In  all  seasons  rain  is  preceded  for  twelve  to  thirty- 

six  hours  by  southeast  to  northeast  winds  and  fall- 
ing barometer,  and  the  barometer  generally  falls 
to  29.90  or  below  in  spring,  summer,  and  winter 
and  to  30  or  below  in  autumn  before  the  rain  be- 
gins   Louisville 

2681.  If  the  wind  is  in  the  south  on  the  first  day  of  the 
year,  it  will  not  be  out  of  the  south  forty-eight 
hours  within  forty  days Western  Kentucky 

2682.  During  periods  of  abnormally  high  temperature  the 

wind  is  from  the  south  in  spring  and  winter  and 

from  the  southwest  in  summer  and  autumn 

Lexington 

2683.  Cold  winds  of  all  seasons  are  from  the  northwest .  .  . 

Lexington 

2684.  During  periods  of  very  high  temperature  prevail- 

ing winds  are  from  southeast  to  east  in  spring, 
southwest  to  northwest  in  summer,  and  south  to 
southeast  in  autumn  and  winter Louisville 

2685.  During  very  low  temperature  prevailing  winds  are 

from  the  west,  northwest,  or  north Louisville 

2686.  Severe  winter  storms  are  preceded  by  east  to  north- 
east winds Lexington 

2687.  Before  summer  rains  the  wind  is  usually  from  south 

to  east  Lexington 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

2688.  Stretch  a  yarn  string  over  beans  and  other  young 
plants  in  the  early  spring,  to  protect  them  from 
frost.     The  frost  will  collect  on  the  yarn  and  the 
plants  will  not  be  injured. 

2689.  Any  noise  during  a  thunderstorm  is  dangerous .  . . 

Central  Kentucky 

2690.  Music  during  a  thunderstorm  is  very  dangerous .  .  . 

Central  Kentucky 

2691.  If  you  sit  on  a  feather  bed,  the  lightning  will  not 

strike  you. 

2692.  If  the  lightning  strikes  twice  in  the  same  place, 
there  is  mineral  in  the  ground  there  near  the  surface 
Central  Kentucky 

2693.  Many  negroes  will  not  burn  the  wood  of  a  tree  that 
has  been  struck  by  lightning  for  fear  that  their 

houses  will  burn  or  be  struck  by  lightning 

Western  Kentucky 

2694.  When  sunshine  and  rain  come  together,  the  Devil 

is  beating  his  wife.  If  you  put  a  black-headed  pin 
into  the  clay  and  put  your  ear  to  the  pin  head,  you 
may  hear  them. 

2695.  There  is  a  pot  of  gold  at  the  bottom  of  the  rainbow. 

2696.  If  an  east  wind  blows  for  three  days  in  the  spring, 
there  will  be  no  acorns,  beech  nuts,  and  the  like 
that  year North-eastern  Kentucky 

2697.  If  it  thunders  heavily  while  a  hen  is  sitting,  it  will 
kill  the  chickens. 

2698.  If  it  thunders  while  ducks  are  sitting,  the  eggs  will 
not  hatch. 

2699.  If  the  sun  looks  red  like  blood  at  the  sunset  of  a 
rainy  day,  a  sudden  death  will  soon  take  place. 


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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

DAYS,  SEASONS,1  ETC. 

2700.  Monday's  child  is  fair  of  face. 

Tuesday's  child  is  full  of  grace. 

Wednesday's  child  is  loving  and  giving. 

Thursday's  child  must  work  for  a  living. 

Friday's  child  is  full  of  woe. 

Saturday's  child  has  far  to  go. 

But  the  child  that  is  born  on  the  Sabbath  day, 

Is  blythe  and  bonny  and  good  and  gay. 

2701.  Wednesday's  child  is  merry  and  glad. 

Thursday's  child  is  sour  and  sad. 

2702.  Cutting  Nails. 
Monday  for  health; 
Tuesday  for  wealth; 
Wednesday  for  news ; 
Thursday  for  a  new  pair  of  shoes; 
Friday  for  sorrow; 

Saturday,  see  your  beau  tomorrow. 

But  you  had  better  never  been  born  than  have  your 

nails  on  Sunday  shorn. 

2703.  To  cut  the  finger-nails  on  Monday  means  health, 
on  Tuesday  wealth,  Wednesday  a  letter,  on  Thurs- 
day something  better,  on  Friday  a  wife,  on  Satur- 
day long  life,  on  Sunday  means  evil,  for  all  of  that 
week  you  will  be  ruled  by  the  Devil. 

2704.  To  cut  the  nails  on  Monday  will  bring  good  luck. 

2705.  If  you  cut  your  finger  nails  on  Monday  morning 
before  breakfast,  you  will  receive  a  present  before 
the  week  is  over. 

i  For  the  significance  of  sneezes  on  certain  days,  see  Sneezes,  numbers  1035- 
1038.  For  days  and  months  of  weddings,  see  Weddings,  numbers  616-627. 
For  the  connection  of  days  or  seasons  with  crops,  see  Crops. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

2706.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  cut  the  nails  on  Thursday. 

2707.  If  you  cut  your  toe  nails  on  Friday,  you  will  never 
have  toothache Western  Kentucky 

2708.  If  you  cut  your  nails  on  Sunday,  you  will  have  a 

plague. 

2709.  It  brings  good  luck  to  have  the  nails  pared  on  Mon- 

day, Tuesday,  Wednesday.  It  brings  bad  luck  to 
have  the  nails  pared  on  other  days,  especially  Sun- 
day. 

2710.  If  you  trim  your  nails  on  Sunday,  someone  will 

catch  you  with  your  clothes  down  before  the  end 
of  the  week Mountains 

2711.  If  you  burn  brush  on  Sunday,  you  will  be  put  in 
the  moon. 

2712.  If  you  burn  brush  on  Sunday,  when  you  die  your 

body  will  burn  all  the  time. 

2713.  It  brings  good  luck  to  move  on  Monday,  Tuesday, 

or  Wednesday. 

2714.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  you  are  born  on  Sunday. 

2715.  A  person  born  on  Sunday  can  talk  to  animals  at 
midnight  of  old  Christmas Mountains 

2716.  It  brings  good  luck  to  wear  a  new  dress  on  Sunday 

Western  Kentucky 

2717.  If  it  thunders  on  Sunday,  goose  eggs  will  not  hatch 

Mountains 

2718.  If  you  work  on  Sunday,  you  will  be  sick  on  Monday, 

2719.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  fish  on  Sunday. 

2720.  If  you  turn  a  spinning  wheel  around  on  Sunday, 
you  will  get  a  whipping Mountains 

2721.  One  will  have  to  pick  each  stitch  out  with  his  nose 
that  he  sews  on  Sunday. 

2722.  If  you  sew  on  Sunday,  on  Judgment  Day  or  in 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

hell  you  will  have  to  take  the  stitches  out  with 
your  nose. 

2723.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  use  scissors  or  to  sew  on  Sun- 
day, unless  you  do  not  wear  a  thimble  or  unless 
you  carry  your  work  to  a  friend's  house .  Mountains 

2724.  If  you  sew  on  Sunday,  you  will  die  on  Monday. 

2725.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  iron  on  Sunday. 

2726.  It  is  harmful  to  darn  on  Sunday,  unless  you  cross 
your  feet Blue  Grass 

2727.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  comb  your  hair  on  Sunday.  . 

Mountains 

2728.  Sunday  is  the  best  day  to  move. 

2729.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  move  on  Sunday.  .Mountains 

2730.  It  brings  good  luck  to  start  on  a  journey  on  Sunday. 

2731.  If  you  start  on  your  journey  on  Sunday,  you  will 

be  gone  a  long  time. 

2732.  If  you  set  tobacco  on  Sunday,  the  grub  worms  will 

attack  it. 

2733.  If  you  turn  a  cow  dry  on  Sunday,  her  calf  will  be 

born  in  the  day  time. 

2734.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  count  eggs  on  Sunday. 

2735.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  turn  a  feather  bed  on  Sunday. 

2736.  If  you  take  up  the  hoe  on  Sunday,  you  will  not  be 
able  to  turn  it  loose. 

2737.  To  burn  paper  on  Sunday  brings  bad  luck. 

2738.  As  goes  Monday,  so  goes  the  week. 

2739.  If  you  have  company  on  Monday,  you  will  have 
company  every  day  in  the  week. 

2740.  If  you  go  visiting  on  Monday,  you  will  go  every 

day  in  the  week. 

2741.  Your  whole  week  will  be  unlucky  if  you  eat  in  a 

strange  house  on  Monday. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

2742.  If  you  are  in  a  bad  humor  on  Monday,  you  will  be 

in  a  bad  humor  all  week. 

2743.  If  you  hurt  your  foot  on  Monday,  it  will  not  get 
well  until  Sunday Mountains 

2744.  If  you  take  out  ashes  on  Monday,  you  will  have  bad 
luck. 

2745.  It  brings  good  luck  to  begin  a  job  on  Monday. 

2746.  A  letter  on  Monday  means  that  you  will  receive  two 

more  letters  that  week. 

2747.  It  brings  good  luck  to  receive  a  nickel  early  Mon- 

day morning Louisville  Negroes 

2748.  If  you  keep  all  you  take  in  on  Monday,  the  amount 
will  increase  during  the  week. 

2749.  If  a  man  comes  to  your  house  the  first  thing  on 

Monday  morning,  there  will  be  good  luck  all  that 
week. 

2750.  If  on  Monday  morning  a  woman  comes  to  your 
house  before  a  man,  you  will  have  bad  luck  all  that 
week. 

2751.  If  the  first  person  that  you  meet  Monday  morning 
is  a  negro  woman,  you  will  have  bad  luck. 

2752.  Avert  the  bad  luck  that  will  come  to  you  from  meet- 

ing a  negro  woman  on  Monday  morning  by  turn- 
ing and  going  back Southern  Kentucky 

2753.  Monday  and  Friday  are  unlucky  days  for  all  wo- 

men who  are  born  in  April Mountains 

2754.  Monday,   Friday,   and  the  thirteenth   day  of  the 

month  are  unlucky  days  for  a  journey. 

2755.  Set  the  first  hen  on  Monday  for  good  luck 

Blue  Grass 

2756.  You  will  not  have  good  luck  that  week  if  you  start 
to  work  on  Tuesday Mountains 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

2757.  It  is  unlucky  to  meet  a  left-handed  person  on  Tues- 

day    Mountains 

2758.  Wednesday  is  a  lucky  day  for  collecting  money. 

2759.  Wednesday  is  the  luckiest  day  of  the  week  for  a 
wedding. 

2760.  Thursday  is  the  best  day  for  business  transactions. 

2761.  Do  not  comb  your  hair  on  Thursday 

Western  Kentucky 

2762.  One  never  sees  a  blue  jay  on  Friday  because  these 
birds  carry  sand  to  the  Devil  on  that  day.    Another 
version  says  that  every  blue  jay  carries  a  piece  of 
wood  to  hell  on  Friday,  to  heat  the  lawyers. 

2763.  Eggs  laid  on  Friday  never  decay Negroes 

2764.  On  Friday,  the  thirteenth,  wear  odd  shoes  for  good 
luck Western  Kentucky 

2765.  It  brings  good  luck  to  begin  anything  on  Friday. 

2766.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  pay  a  debt  on  Friday 

Mountains 

2767.  It  is  unlucky  to  fish  on  Friday. 

2768.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  kiss  your  girl  on  Friday 

Western  Kentucky 

2769.  Do  not  wash  your  face  on  Friday 

Western  Kentucky 

2770.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  sweep  dirt  out  of  the  house  on 

Friday,  for  the  house  will  burn  later . . .  Blue  Grass 

2771.  Never  carry  ashes  out  of  the  house  after  four  o'clock 

in  the  afternoon  on  Friday.    Wait  until  Monday 
morning,  or  you  will  lose  a  dollar  that  week. 

2772.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  move  on  Friday  or  Saturday. 

2773.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  be  born  on  Saturday.     You 
will  have  to  work  hard  for  a  living Mountains 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

2774.  If  you  cut  a  garment  on  Saturday,  you  will  never 
live  to  wear  it  out.    "Quick  done  or  never  done." 

2775.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  begin  building  a  house  on  Sat- 
urday. 

2776.  You  must  not  bake  a  cake  on  Saturday. 

2777.  The  sun  always  shines  on  Saturday,  if  only  for  a 

few  minutes. 

2778.  If  you  cut  your  finger  nails  on  Saturday,  you  will 
get  joy  tomorrow. 

2779.  If  you  feel  that  it  is  Saturday  when  it  is  not,  you 
will  soon  hear  of  the  death  of  a  friend  of  yours. 
Mountains 

2780.  What  you  do  on  the  first  day  of  the  year  indicates 
the  character  of  your  actions  throughout  the  year. 

2781.  If  a  man  enters  your  house  before  a  woman  on  New 

Year's  Day,  you  will  have  a  good  year. 

2782.  If  a  woman  enters  the  house  before  a  man  does  on 

New  Year's  Day,  there  will  be  bad  luck. 

2783.  If  a  negro  is  your  first  visitor  on  New  Year's  Day, 
he  brings  bad  luck. 

2784.  As  the  first  caller  on  New  Year's  Day,  a  dark  man 

brings  the  best  luck. 

2785.  As  the  first  caller  on  New  Year's  Day,  a  fair-haired 

man  brings  the  next  best  luck. 

2786.  As  the  first  caller  on  New  Year's  Day,  a  dark- 

haired  woman  brings  the  third  best  luck. 

2787.  As  the  first  caller  on  New  Year's  Day,  a  red-haired 

person  brings  bad  luck. 

2788.  If  a  woman  comes  on  the  first  day  of  the  year,  some 

one  will  come  every  day  in  the  year. 

2789.  If  a  woman  visits  you  on  New  Year's  Day,  you  can- 
not raise  chickens  successfully  that  year .  Mountains 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

2790.  To  break  something  on  the  first  day  of  the  year 
causes  bad  luck  for  the  remainder  of  the  year. 

2791.  If  you  dip  your  head  into  the  ocean  on  January 
first,  you  will  not  be  ill  during  the  year. 

2792.  If  you  wash  anything  on  New  Year's  Day,  you  will 
wash  a  member  of  the  family  away.  .  .  .Blue  Grass 

2793.  If  you  eat  cabbage  on  New  Year's  Day,  you  will 
have  money  all  the  year Western  Kentucky 

2794.  If  you  cook  white  beans  the  first  day  of  the  year, 

you  will  have  money  all  the  year 

Western  Kentucky 

2795.  Poultry  raisers  are  interested  in  the  first  person  who 
comes  into  their  houses  on  New  Year's  Day.    The 
sex  of  the  caller  signifies  whether  the  house  will 
raise  pullets  or  roosters  that  year,  and  the  size  of 
the  chickens  will  compare  with  the  size  of  the  visi- 
tors  Blue  Grass 

2796.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  while  walking  up  grade 

you  hear  the  first  turtle-dove  of  the  new  year. 

2797.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  while  walking  down  grade 
you  hear  the  first  turtle  dove  of  the  new  year. 

2798.  The  cutting  of  the  hair  in  March  causes  a  year  of 
headache. 

2799.  If  you  cut  your  hair  in  March,  you  will  be  sick  be- 

fore the  year  is  out. 

2800.  If  you  cut  your  hair  in  March,  you  will  lose  a  horse. 

2801.  If  you  have  your  hair  cut  in  March,  you  will  never 
live  to  see  another  March. 

2802.  To  move  in  March  brings  bad  luck Mountains 

2803.  If  a  person  lives  through  March,  he  will  live  the  rest 

of  the  year. 

2804.  If  it  rains  on  Good  Friday,  rains  will  be  without 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

value  all  summer,  that  is,  they  will  be  too  hard, 
will  come  at  the  wrong  time  or  for  some  other  rea- 
son will  be  valueless Southern  Kentucky 

2805.  Rain  on  the  Friday  before  Easter  Sunday  is  a  good- 

luck  sign. 

2806.  An  early  Easter  means  an  early  Spring 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

2807.  Unless  you  wear  something  new  on  Easter  Sunday, 
you  will  be  unlucky  throughout  the  year. 

2808.  If  you  have  a  man  for  a  guest  on  the  morning  of 

May  first,  all  the  chickens  that  year  will  be  roosters 
Blue  Grass 

2809.  If  you  have  a  woman  for  a  guest  on  the  morning 

of  May  first,  all  your  chickens  that  year  will  be 
hens. 

2810.  "A  maid  who  on  the  first  of  May, 

Goes  to  the  fields  at  break  of  day, 

And  washes  in  dew  from  the  hawthorn  tree, 

Will  ever  after  handsome  be." 

2811.  If  you  wash  your  hair  in  the  first  rain  of  May,  it 
will  grow Mountains 

2812.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  look  into  a  well  on  the  first 

day  of  May,  for  if  you  see  your  reflection,  there 
will  be  a  death  in  your  family  before  the  next  May. 

2813.  Do  not  pluck  a  four-leaved  clover  in  May 

North-eastern   Kentucky 

2814.  If  you  go  in  swimming  on  the  first  morning  of  May 
before  the  sun  is  up,  you  will  not  have  any  con- 
tagious disease  during  that  year Mountains 

2815.  If  a  colt  is  born  in  May,  he  will  lie  down  in  the 
water  with  you Louisville  Negroes 

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2816.  It  is  dangerous  to  take  off  your  winter  clothing  un- 
til the  tenth  of  May. 

2817.  To  become  beautiful,  wash  your  face  in  dew  before 
sunrise  on  Mayday.1 

2818.  If  you  set  hens  in  June  with  eggs  laid  in  June,  the 
chickens  will  die. 

2819.  If  you  go  in  swimming  on  the  first  of  June,  you  will 
not  be  sick  the  whole  summer Mountains 

2820.  If  a  turtle-dove  sits  on  a  tree  the  first  day  of  June 

and  calls,  looking  at  you,  you  have  enemies. 

2821.  The  time  to  cut  shrubbery  so  that  it  will  not  come 
up  again,  is  Ember  Day  (the  day  in  the  Episcopal 
Church  when  special  prayers  are  made  for  those 
going  into  holy  orders ) . 

2822.  Trees  are  easily  killed  on  Ember  Day  by  removing 
the  bark. 

2823.  If  you  hack  the  bark  of  a  tree  on  Ember  Day,  it 
will  die   Mountains 

2824.  Dog  days  begin  with  the  cry  or  song  of  the  katydid 

Mountains 

2825.  If  it  rains  on  the  first  day  of  dog  days,  it  will  rain 

for  forty  days Mountains 

2826.  There  will  be  no  chestnuts  if  it  rains  on  the  fourth 
of  July. 

2827.  If  it  rains  on  the  fourth  of  July,  there  will  be  no 
grapes Blue  Grass 

2828.  Martens  go  south  on  the  fifteenth  of  August 

Western  Kentucky 

2829.  If  you  cut  your  foot  while  swimming  in  the  water 

i  For   other   superstitions   associated   with   May   first,   see  Divinations    and 
Weddingt. 

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during  the  first  ten  days  of  August,  you  will  have 
blood  poisoning Blue  Grass 

2830.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  you  are  the  first  to  say 

"Merry  Christmas"  or  "Happy  New  Year." 

2831.  A  green  Christmas  makes  a  full  graveyard. 

2832.  If  the  sun  shines  on  Christmas,  and  if  it  snows  on 

Easter,  there  will  be  a  fat  graveyard. 

2833.  Never  take  up  ashes  from  the  fireplace  during  the 

Christmas  season Blue  Grass 

2834.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  kill  the  Christmas  fly 

Central  Kentucky 

2835.  A  white  New  Christmas  and  a  white  Old  Christmas 

are  the  signs  of  a  good  fruit  year.  ( Old  Christmas 
is  twelve  days  after  New  or  regular  Christmas)  .  . . 
Mountains 

2836.  At   Christmas  Eve,   trees   bleed    (because   of  the 

Cross). 

2837.  At  Christmas  Eve,  spirits  walk. 

2838.  At  midnight  on  Christmas  Eve  all  cows  kneel  (be- 

cause Christ  was  born  in  a  manger) . 

2839.  On  Old  Christmas  Eve,  all  animals  talk  to  spirits 
and  get  on  their  knees  and  pray Mountains 

2840.  At  midnight  of  Old  Christmas,  the  elders  bloom .  . . 

Mountains 

2841.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  leave  up  the  Christmas  greens 
after  New  Year's  Day Central  Kentucky 

2842.  If  you  stay  up  until  midnight  on  December  thirty- 
first,  you  will  see  an  old  man  go  out  your  door  and 
a  little  child  come  in Mountains 

2843.  If  you  talk  to  animals  at  midnight  on  New  Year's 
Eve,  they  will  understand  you  and  you  them. 

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2844.  Oysters  are  not  good  except  in  those  months  which 
contain  the  letter  r. 

2845.  If  you  turn  water  into  a  cistern  during  any  month 
that  has  not  an  r  in  the  spelling,  the  water  will  sour 
and  not  be  fit  to  drink. 

2846.  It  is  unlucky  to  marry  a  person  born  in  the  same 
month  with  you.    You  will  not  be  happy  together 
because  you  are  ruled  by  the  same  stellar  influence. 

2847.  The  girl  born  in  January  will  be  a  prudent  house- 
wife, goodnatured,  and  inclined  to  be  melancholy. 
In  February,  humane,  affectionate  as  a  wife,  tender 
as  a  mother. 

In  March,  a  chatterbox,  fickle,  stormy,  quarrel- 
some. 

In  April,  pretty,  dainty,  inconsistent,  not  studious. 
In  May,  handsome,  contented,  happy. 
In  June,  gay,  impetuous,  will  marry  early. 
In  July,  fair,  surly,  jealous. 
In  August,  amiable,  practical,  will  marry  rich. 
In  September,  discreet,  generally  beloved. 
In  October,  pretty,  coquettish,  moody. 
In  November,  liberal,  kind,  amiable,  thoughtful  of 
others. 
In  December,  fond  of  novelty,  extravagant. 

2848.  If  a  girl  is  born  in  October,  her  marriage  will  be 
unhappy    Negroes 

2849.  A  girl  who  is  born  in  November  will  have  a  mild 

disposition. 

2850.  "A  swarm  of  bees  in  May, 

Is  worth  a  ton  of  hay. 

A  swarm  in  June 

Is  worth  a  silver  spoon. 

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But  a  swarm  in  July 
Is  not  worth  a  fly." 

2851.  Birth  Flowers: 

January — snowdrop  August — poppy 

February — primrose  September — morning 

March — violet  glory 

April — daisy  October — golden  rod 

May — hawthorn  November — chrysan- 

June — honeysuckle  themum 

July — water  lily  December — holly 

2852.  Birth  Stones: 

January — garnet  July — ruby 

February — amethyst  August — sardonyx 

March — bloodstone  September — sapphire 

April — diamond  October — amber,  opal 

May — emerald  November — topaz 

June — moonstone  December — turquoise 

2853.  Wear  your  birthstone  for  luck. 

2854.  If  you  let  your  birthday  pass  without  thinking  of  it, 
you  will  die  before  the  next  birthday. 

2855.  It  brings  you  bad  luck  to  be  put  under  the  bed  on 
your  birthday. 

2856.  It  brings  good  luck  to  receive  white  flowers  on  your 
birthday. 

2857.  It  brings  good  luck  to  be  born  on  the  eighth  of  the 

month    Mountains 

2858.  The  eighth  of  the  month  is  a  lucky  day  on  which 
to  transact  business. 

2859.  You  will  be  able  to  get  anything  that  you  ask  for 

on  the  fourteenth  of  any  month. 

2860.  It  is  unlucky  to  be  born  on  either  the  sixteenth  or 
the  seventeenth  day  of  the  month Mountains 

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2861.  At  the  first  of  the  month  say  "Rabbits,"  and  you 

will  have  good  luck  through  the  month 

Northern  Kentucky 

2862.  When  you  see  in  the  morning  the  ground  torn  up 
by  ants,  you  will  know  that  summer  has  begun. . . 
Mountains 

2863.  Snow  out  of  season  brings  bad  luck. 

2864.  When  a  general  pause  comes  in  the  conversation, 

the  time  is  twenty  minutes  before  or  after  the  hour, 

2865.  If  you  blow  dandelion  balls  three  times,  the  number 
of  white  seeds  left  tells  the  time  of  day. 

CROPS,  VEGETABLES,  FRUITS,  TREES 

2866.  Crops  planted  during  the  first  three  days  of  July 
will  be  barren. 

2867.  Do  not  plant  anything  on  the  first  three  days  of 

May,  which  are  barren  days. 

2868.  Never  thank  the  giver  for  seeds  if  you  want  them 

to  grow. 

2869.  Slips  from  plants  should  be  stolen.     Only  stolen 
ones  grow. 

2870.  In  sowing  grain,  if  you  miss  a  "land,"  you  will  have 

a  death  in  the  family. 

2871.  Plants  must  be  kept  in  the  bed  room  at  night  and  in 
the  living  room  in  the  daytime. 

2872.  If  a  row  is  missed  in  planting,  there  will  be  a  death 

in  the  family  before  the  year  is  out. 

2873.  In  planting,  bad  luck  results  if  you  leave  a  row  un- 

finished. 

2874.  It  brings  bad  luck  not  to  plant  seed  after  the  soil 
has  been  prepared  for  the  planting. 

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2875.  Plant  in  the  morning  the  seed  that  matures  above 
the  ground Western  Kentucky 

2876.  Plant  in  the  afternoon  the  seed  that  matures  under- 
ground   Western  Kentucky 

2877.  If  while  you  are  working  with  someone  in  a  garden 
your  hoes  strike  together,  you  will  hoe  together  at 
the  same  time  next  year. 

2878.  If  two  men  at  work  on  two  rows  strike  hoes,  one 
will  die  within  a  year. 

2879.  If  you  plant  beans  in  the  morning,  they  will  come 
two  weeks  sooner  than  if  you  plant  them  in  the 
afternoon Western  Kentucky 

2880.  If  beans  are  planted  in  the  afternoon,  they  will  drop 
the  bloom. 

2881.  If  while  you  are  picking  beans  a  leaf  sticks  on  your 
clothes,  you  will  receive  news Mountains 

2882.  It  brings  good  luck  to  plant  beans  on  the  one  hun- 
dredth day  of  the  year Mountains 

2883.  Plant  beans  on  Good  Friday. 

2884.  When  apple  trees  bloom,  plant  beans. 

2885.  Put  a  yarn  string  over  beans,  to  prevent  frost  from 
having  effect  on  them. 

2886.  If  butterbeans  grow  downward  and  send  roots  up- 
ward, the  planter  will  die. 

2887.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  you  carry  a  horse-chest- 

nut. 

2888.  It  is  poisonous  to  eat  horse-chestnuts   (also  called 
buck-eyes). 

2889.  If  one  eats  a  buck-eye,  his  head  will  turn  around. 

2890.  You  must  eat  carrots,  in  order  to  become  beautiful 

Mountains 

2891.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  eat  celery. 

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2892.  If  you  find  a  one-leaved  clover,  you  will  get  a  letter 

from  your  sweetheart Mountains 

2893.  If  you  find  a  two-leaved  clover,  you  will  receive  a 
kiss  from  your  sweetheart. 

2894.  A  four-leaved  clover  brings  the  finder  good  luck. 

2895.  If  you  find  a  four-leaved  clover,  there  is  always  an- 

other in  its  place Western  Kentucky 

2896.  If  you  swallow  a  four-leaved  clover  whole,  you  will 
get  whom  you  wish  to  marry. 

2897.  A  five-leaved  clover  must  be  passed  on  to  other  peo- 

ple.    Whoever  receives  it  will  have  good  luck  if 
he  does  not  keep  it. 

2898.  If  you  find  a  five-leaved  clover,  give  it  away ;  it  will 
bring  good  luck  to  the  giver  and  the  receiver. 

2899.  To  find  a  seven-leaved  clover  brings  bad  luck 

Western  Kentucky 

2900.  If  locust  blooms  are  heavy,  expect  a  large  corn  crop. 

2901.  Plant  corn  when  the  dogwood  blooms. 

2902.  When  white  oak  leaves  are  as  big  as  a  squirrel's  ear, 

plant  corn. 

2903.  Plant  corn  after  the  woodpecker  comes. 

2904.  Do  not  plant  corn  until  asparagus  tips  are  high 

enough  above  ground  to  assure  a  good  asparagus 
crop. 

2905.  Corn  should  not  be  planted  on  May  first,  second, 
or  third,  as  these  are  barren  days. 

2906.  It  is  rotten  corn  that  produces  the  crust  of  bread . . . 

Mountains 

2907.  If  you  burn  the  cobs  of  your  seed  corn,  you  will 
cause  your  growing  corn  to  blast Mountains 

2908.  If  you  burn  the  cobs  from  seed  corn,  the  fodder  will 
fire  the  corn Mountains 

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2909.  "If  it  comes,  it  no  comes; 
If  it  no  comes,  it  comes. " 
The  explanation  is— 

If  the  crow  comes,  the  corn  will  not  grow. 

If  the  crow  does  not  come,  the  corn  will  grow. . . . 

Louisville  Negroes 

2910.  If  you  miss  a  row  in  planting  corn,  one  will  die  in 
the  family  before  corn-gathering  time. 

2911.  If  when  you  plant  a  field  of  corn  you  miss  a  row, 
there  will  be  a  death  in  the  family  before  planting 
time  again. 

2912.  When  white-oak  leaves  are  as  large  as  squirrel  ears, 

plant  corn General  over  United  States 

2913.  If  you  see  grains  of  corn  in  the  road,  company  will 

come;  if  you  cover  them  over,  the  caller  will  be  a 
stranger. 

2914.  In  corn-husking,  a  blue-spotted  red  ear  brings  the 
best  luck.    It  is  called  in  the  Kentucky  mountains 
a  "skew  ball" Mountains 

2915.  If  you  see  a  red  corn-silk  first,  you  will  hear  of  a 
wedding  before  you  hear  of  a  death. 

2916.  If  the  first  corn-silk  of  the  season  that  you  see  is 
white,  you  will  go  to  a  funeral  soon. 

2917.  You  will  raise  one  hundred  bushels  of  corn  for  each 

white  stalk  which  you  find  in  your  field .  Mountains 

2918.  If  the  first  silk  that  you  see  on  a  new  ear  of  corn  is 
white,  you  will  have  bad  health Mountains 

2919.  If  you  eat  corn  out  of  a  tomato  bowl,  you  will  eat 
corn  cake  out  of  a  musk  melon  the  following  year. 

2920.  If  a  farmer  has  the  brim  of  his  hat  turned  up  in 

front,  he  has  corn  for  sale. 

2921.  If  a  farmer's  hat  brim  is  turned  up  in  the  back  and 

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down  in  front,  the  farmer  wishes  to  buy  corn 

Western  Kentucky 

2922.  You  should  plant  cabbages  on  the  ninth  of  May . . , 

Western  Kentucky 

2923.  You  must  sow  cotton  seed  on  the  ninth  of  May .... 

Western  Kentucky 

2924.  If  you  plant  cotton  among  your  cucumber  plants, 

insects  will  not  attack  your  cucumbers 

Western  Kentucky 

2925.  Plant  cucumbers  on  the  fourth  of  July . .  Blue  Grass 

2926.  "Plant  cucumber  seed  on  the  sixth  of  July ; 

You  will  have  cucumbers,  wet  or  dry" 

Western  Kentucky 

2927.  Place    cornbread    crumbs    about    your    cucumber 
plants.    They  will  attract  ants,  which  will  destroy 
the  cucumber  insects Western  Kentucky 

2928.  If  you  blow  all  the  seeds  off  a  dandelion  ball  in  two 
blows,  you  will  get  a  new  dress. 

2929.  Plant  flax  on  Good  Friday 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

2930.  If  you  swallow  the  first  forget-me-not  of  the  season, 
you  will  get  a  new  dress  of  the  same  color. 

2931.  It  is  bad  luck  to  burn  grape  vines 

Western  Kentucky 

2932.  A  blade  of  grass  or  a  leaf  a-quiver  when  all  others 

are  still  shows  that  a  fairy  is  dancing  on  it. 

2933.  If  you  pass  a  wagonload  of  fresh  hay  without  seiz- 

ing a  handful,  you  will  have  bad  luck . . .  Blue  Grass 

2934.  If  you  see  a  hay  wagon  and  say,  "Load  of  hay,  load 

of  hay,  Take  my  wish  and  go  away,"  you  will  have 
good  luck. 

2935.  To  follow  a  haywagon  out  of  sight  with  your  gaze 

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will  bring  good  luck.     The  luck  will  be  better  if 
nothing  comes  between. 

2936.  "Where  hollyhocks  grow, 

Beaus  never  go." Central  Kentucky 

2937.  If  you  plant  nasturtiums  on  St.  Patrick's  Day,  they 
will  grow  fast Blue  Grass 

2938.  If  a  nettle  points  toward  you,  pick  it  up,  for  it 
means  good  luck Mountains 

2939.  A  nutmeg  worn  around  the  neck  will  bring  good 

luck. 

2940.  It  causes  good  luck  to  carry  an  onion  in  your  pocket 

Mountains 

2941.  If  you  swallow  the  seed  of  an  orange,  your  best 

friend  is  thinking  of  you Mountains 

2942.  Plant  parsley,  and  you  plant  sorrow. 

2943.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  transplant  parsley. 

2944.  If  you  accidentally  drop  peanut  shells  near  your 
house,  you  may  know  that  policemen  are  coming 
to  the  house Louisville  Negroes 

2945.  It  brings  good  luck  to  plant  peas  on  the  fourteenth 

of  February Mountains 

2946.  Peppers  to  prosper,  must  be  planted  by  a  red-head- 

ed or  a  hot-tempered  person. 

2947.  If  you  want  peppers  to  grow,  you  must  be  angry 
when  you  are  planting  them . . .  Western  Kentucky 

2948.  You  will  be  poisoned  if  you  eat  "pokeberries." 

2949.  St.  Patrick's  Day  is  a  good  time  on  which  to  plant 
potatoes. 

2950.  If  you  plant  potatoes  on  the  sixth  of  April,  they 
will  not  be  attacked  by  insects. 

2951.  If  you  plant  potatoes  on  dark  nights,  the  moles  will 

eat  them Mountains 

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2952.  An  Irish  potato  is  growing  until  the  skin  cannot  be 

flipped  off  with  the  fingers. 

2953.  If  you  see  a  puff  ball  (any  fungus  of  the  genus 
Lycoperdon),  you  will  have  fever.    You  can  avert 
the  fever  by  spitting  nine  times. 

2954.  The  redbud  is  the  tree  on  which  Judas  hanged  him- 
self. 

2955.  If  you  let  a  rose  bloom  in  the  house,  a  death  will 
follow Blue  Grass 

2956.  To  plant  sage  seed  will  bring  death  or  severe  illness 
to  one  of  the  family. 

2957.  "Where  sunflowers  grow, 
No  beaus  go." 

2958.  Plant  sweetpeas  and  garden  peas  on  the  fourteenth 
of  February Blue  Grass 

2959.  Plant  sweetpeas  on  the  twenty-second  of  February 

Central  Kentucky 

2960.  Plant  sweetpeas  on  St.  Patrick's  Day . .  Mountains 

2961.  Plant  sweetpeas  on  Good  Friday Blue  Grass 

2962.  It  is  bad  luck  for  the  dropper  of  tobacco  to  get 
more  than  one  row  ahead  of  the  setter. 

2963.  It  is  bad  luck  to  buy  tobacco  at  or  toward  twilight ; 
many  stop  buying  by  three  o'clock  in  the  afternoon. 

2964.  It  was  recently  thought  unlucky  to  buy  tobacco  at 

exactly  six  cents  a  pound.    Of  late  the  high  price 
of  tobacco  has  made  this  superstition  obsolete. 

2965.  Some   buyers   of  tobacco   will   not   bid   the   even 
amounts  but  will  skip,  for  example,  from  fourteen 
and  three-fourth  cents  to  fifteen  and  one-fourth 
cents. 

2966.  Do  not   buy  tobacco   of   pawpaw   color    (motley 

color)  ;  it  is  called  "fool-catcher." 

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2967.  It  is  bad  luck  to  chew  your  tobacco  twice  (that  is, 

bad  to  tell  a  story  twice). 

2968.  If  one  plants  a  tree  by  a  grave,  and  the  tree  dies, 
the  planter  of  it  will  die. 

2969.  "Blossoms  out  of  season, 

Trouble  out  of  reason." 

2970.  It  is  good  luck  to  find  two  of  any  kind  of  fruit 
grown  together Blue  Grass 

2971.  If  you  count  the  fruit  on  a  tree  before  it  is  ripe,  it 

will  fall  off. 

2972.  If  you  have  a  tree  that  will  not  bear  fruit,  drive  a 

peg  into  it,  to  make  it  bear. 

2973.  To  knock  on  wood  will  avert  disaster — notably  dis- 

aster that  follows  boasting. 

2974.  If  you  can  break  an  apple  in  half  with  your  hands, 
you  will  always  be  your  own  boss. 

2975.  If  you  plant  a  cedar  tree  in  your  yard  and  it  lives, 
you  will  have  good  luck. 

2976.  If  you  bring  in  a  cedar  tree  and  set  it  near  a  build- 
ing, you  will  die. 

2977.  Death  will  come  to  the  man  who  transplants  a  cedar 
tree,  when  the  lower  limbs  grow  to  be  the  length  of 
his  coffin. 

2978.  If  you  let  a  cedar  tree  grow  in  your  yard  large 

enough  to  shade  a  grave,  someone  in  your  family 
will  die. 

2979.  If  a  cedar  tree  that  you  have  planted  dies  in  your 
yard,  one  of  your  family  will  die.     Some  say  that 
the  death  will  take  place  within  a  year. 

2980.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  burn  cedar. 

2981.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  break  a  dogwood  switch. 

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2982.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  ride  with  a  dogwood 

switch. 

2983.  It  is  very  unlucky  to  boom  a  log  upon  a  log-wagon 
with  a  dogwood  pole Western  Kentucky 

2984.  It  is  unlucky  for  a  horseback  rider  to  use  a  hard- 
wood switch. 

2985.  Locust  trees  are  more  often  struck  by  lightning  than 

any  others Western  Kentucky 

2986.  Mulberries  are  poisonous  during  the  time  of  the 

seventeen-year  locust ....  North-eastern  Kentucky 

2987.  Leaves  of  the  peach  in  a  poultice  will  cure  rheuma- 

tism and  neuralgia. 

2988.  If  a  peach  tree  blooms  before  its  time,  a  death  will 

occur  in  the  family  soon. 

2989.  If  you  can  remove  the  peeling  from  a  pear  without 

breaking  it,  throw  it  over  your  left  shoulder  for 
good  luck Western  Kentucky 

2990.  If  you  plant  a  pine  tree,  you  will  die  when  it  is 
large  enough  to  shade  your  grave Mountains 

2991.  As  many  black  pines  as  you  plant  in  your  yard,  so 

many  will  die  in  your  family Mountains 

2992.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  burn  or  haul  sassafras  wood. 

2993.  If  you  burn  sassafras  wood  or  leaves,  a  horse  or  a 
mule  of  yours  will  die  within  a  week ....  Mountains 

2994.  To  burn  walnut  wood  brings  bad  luck . .  Mountains 

2995.  Walnut  trees  often  grow  near  a  wooden  fence.    The 

reason  for  this  fact  is  that  squirrels  plant  or  drop 
walnuts  for  future  use  and  then  forget  them. 

2996.  To  plant  a  weeping  willow  causes  bad  luck. 

2997.  If  you  plant  a  weeping  willow  tree,  you  will  be 

an  old  maid North-western  Kentucky 

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2998.  "Plant  turnips  on  the  twenty-fifth  of  July,  and 
you'll  have  turnips,  wet  or  dry." 

2999.  You  must  sow  turnip  seeds  on  the  twenty-fifth  of 
July,  wet  or  dry,  and  on  the  twenty-seventh  there 
will  be  rain Blue  Grass 

3000.  Turnips  should  not  be  planted  on  the  seventh  of 
August. 

3001.  Turnips  should  be  planted  on  the  tenth  of  August 

Mountains 

3002.  To  have  good  luck  with  turnips,  say  as  you  throw 

out  the  handful  of  seed:   "One  for  the  fly,  one  for 
the  Devil,  and  one  for  I." 

3003.  Plant  watermelons  one  week  after  apple  blossom 
time Blue  Grass 

3004.  Plant  watermelons  on  the  first  of  May  before  sun- 
rise. 

3005.  If  you  plant  your  watermelons  on  the  first  morning 

of  May  in  your  night  clothes  before  the  sun  is  up, 
the  insects  will  never  attack  them. 

3006.  If  you  plant  watermelons  on  the  first  day  of  May 

and  carry  the  seed  out  in  a  washing-tub,  the  melons 
will  grow  as  large  as  the  tub. 

3007.  Plant  watermelons  on  the  tenth  of  May. 

3008.  Watermelons  planted  on  the  nineteenth  of  May  will 

not  grow. 

3009.  If  you  point  at  a  watermelon  with  your  first  finger, 
the  melon  will  drop  off.    You  must  point  with  all 
four  fingers Central  Kentucky 

3010.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  have  weeds  grow  about  the 
house Western  Kentucky 

3011.  A  great  deal  of  snow  in  winter  is  a  sign  of  a  good 
wheat  crop. 

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3012.  Thunder  storms  precede  a  large  wheat  yield. 

3013.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  you  take  a  handkerchief, 
go  backward,  and  throw  it  over  your  left  shoulder 
into  a  wheat  field. 


MONEY 

3014.  Carry  a  coin  piece  (for  example,  an  old  coin)  for 
good  luck  and  to  keep  from  losing  money. 

3015.  If  you  carry  money  in  two  different  pockets,  you 
will  lose  some  of  it Mountains 

3016.  Falling  in  love  is  a  sure  sign  of  becoming  insolvent 

Blue  Grass 

3017.  It  brings  good  luck  to  carry  three  cents 

Northern  Kentucky 

3018.  To  find  money  is  lucky Mountains 

3019.  If  you  find  a  piece  of  money,  you  must  keep  it,  for 
it  will  bring  money Central  Kentucky 

3020.  It  brings  good  luck  to  wear  a  coin  around  your 
neck Mountains 

3021.  To  find  a  piece  of  silver  will  bring  you  good  luck. 

3022.  To  wear  a  dime  in  the  heel  of  your  shoe  will  prevent 
your  enemy  from  putting  a  "spell"  upon  you. . .  . 
Mountains 

3023.  To  put  money  into  the  foundation  of  a  building 
brings  luck. 

3024.  A  speculator  or  a  traveler  will  have  luck  if  he  bor- 

rows money  from  a  woman Mountains 

3025.  If  you  put  the  last  nickel  of  your  allowance  into  the 

church  offering,  you  will  get  a  check  within  the 
next  few  days. 

3026.  If  your  initials  spell  a  word,  you  will  become  rich. 

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3027.  If  you  marry  a  poor  man,  you  will  become  rich . . . 

Mountains 

3028.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  when  you  drop  a  nickel 

it  sticks  up  in  the  floor Blue  Grass 

3029.  If  you  hide  a  nickel  in  a  hole  and  never  come  back. 

you  will  be  rich  when  you  are  grown 

Louisville  Negroes 

3030.  If  you  count  your  profits,  you  will  lose  them. 

3031.  To  accept  a  two-dollar  bill  is  unlucky.    This  super- 

stition is  found  frequently  among  railroad  men, 
race-track  frequenters,  saloon-keepers,  and  waiters 
in  restaurants. 

3032.  Avert  the  disaster  of  accepting  a  two-dollar  bill  by 

pinching  off  a  little  piece  in  the  middle  of  a  side  or 
an  end. 

3033.  If  you  take  a  teaspoonful  of  turpentine,  you  will 
be  rich Mountains 

WALKING  FORTH,  TRAVEL 

3034.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  come  to  a  place  in  the  road 
where  someone  has  drawn  his  foot  across  the  way. 

3035.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  run  across  a  bridge .  Mountains 

3036.  If  you  are  walking  at  night  and  see  a  will  'o  the 
wisp,  you  must  instantly  turn  your  coat  wrong 
side  out  and  put  it  on,  or  you  will  die. 

3037.  When  you  are  walking,  if  you  pick  up  all  the  burnt 
matches  you  see,  you  will  find  money . .  Blue  Grass 

3038.  It  brings  good  luck  to  meet  the  same  person  on  the 

way  both  to  and  from  any  place — 

Blue  Grass  Negroes 

3039.  It  brings  good  luck  to  meet  the  same  people  two 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

or  three  times  in  the  same  place  on  the  same  day 
not  by  appointment. 

3040.  If  a  man  or  a  woman  follows  you  for  five  blocks 

and  then  turns  away,  you  will  lose  money 

Mountains 

3041.  When  you  are  going  anywhere,  it  causes  bad  luck 

to  meet  a  woman  first,  but  good  luck  to  meet  a 
man  or  boy. 

3042.  To  walk  on  the  opposite  side  of  a  post  from  a  com- 
panion will  bring  on  a  quarrel. 

3043.  Avert  the  danger  of  a  quarrel  after  you  have  walked 

on  the  opposite  side  of  a  post  from  your  companion 
by  spitting  on  the  post. 

3044.  To  avert  the  penalty  of  allowing  a  post  to  come  be- 
tween you  and  a  companion,  say  "Bread  and  but- 
ter." 

3045.  To  avert  the  penalty  of  allowing  a  post  to  come  be- 
tween you  and  your  companion,  join  hands. 

3046.  If  two  persons  who  are  walking  together  permit  a 
third  to  pass  between  them,  they  will  have  a  quar- 
rel. 

3047.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  pass  between  two  women. 

3048.  It  causes  good  luck  to  pass  between  two  men. 

3049.  If  you  do  not  step  on  the  lines  of  a  concrete  or  stone 

pavement,  you  will  have  something  good  for  dinner, 

3050.  "If  you  sing  on  the  street, 

With  displeasure  you  will  meet" Mountains 

3051.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  cross  a  street  anywhere  except 

at  a  crossing. 

3052.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  forget  something  and  have  to 
go  back  for  it. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

3053.  If  you  start  to  go  anywhere  and  then  go  back  three 
times,  you  will  have  trouble. 

3054.  Avert  the  bad  luck  incident  to  turning  back  by 

counting  ten. 

3055.  If  you  must  go  back  after  starting  anywhere,  avert 

the  bad  luck  penalty  by  sitting  down. 

3056.  Avert  the  ill  luck  which  comes  from  turning  back 

after  starting  by  spitting  over  your  left  shoulder. 

3057.  You  can  avert  bad  luck  incident  to  turning  back 

after  once  starting,  by  making  a  cross  and  spitting 
into  it. 

3058.  If  you  postpone  a  trip,  you  will  never  take  it. 

3059.  To  see  a  red-haired  girl  in  the  morning  of  the  day 

you  are  going  on  a  journey  brings  bad  luck 

Blue  Grass 

3060.  If  the  day  is  clear  upon  which  you  start  on  an  ocean 
voyage  you  will  not  be  homesick Blue  Grass 

3061.  If  you  start  anywhere  with  wet  clothes  in  your 

trunk,  you  will  have  bad  luck. 

3062.  If  you  watch  a  person  out  of  sight,  you  will  never 

see  him  again. 

3063.  If  you  wave  a  person  off  or  kiss  him  good-bye  a 

second  time,  he  will  never  reach  his  journey 's  end. 

3064.  To  touch  a  street-car  will  bring  good  luck. 

3065.  It  is  an  omen  of  good  luck  for  a  red-haired  man  to 

run  in  front  of  a  street  car. 

3066.  It  brings  good  luck  for  a  negro  to  run  and  jump  on 

a  street-car. 

3067.  It  brings  good  luck  to  see  an  empty  street-car. 

3068.  It  causes  bad  luck  for  a  fuse  in  a  street-car  to  blow 

out  at  the  corner  of  a  street. 

3069.  Bad  fortune  is  invited  by  the  street-car  motorman 

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who  scratches  his  car  during  his  first  trip  on  it;  he 
may  expect  a  violent  accident. 

3070.  It  causes  bad  luck  for  a  street-car  to  stop  in  front 
of  a  church. 

3071.  For  a  wagon  to  turn  from  one  side  to  the  other  be- 

fore leaving  a  street-car  track  means  bad  luck,  for 
when  this  happens  the  motorman's  pay  will  be 
docked  at  the  end  of  the  week. 

3072.  If  you  meet  a  friend  of  yours  on  the  train,  you  will 
never  lose  his  friendship Blue  Grass 

3073.  To  count  the  cars  of  a  passenger  train  is  a  sign  of 
death. 

3074.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  count  freight  cars. 

3075.  Certain  rooms  in  hotels  have  the  name  of  bad-luck 
rooms. 

3076.  To  close  a  hotel  register  causes  bad  luck. 

3077.  If  you  have  a  fight  with  someone  in  a  strange  town, 
you  will  be  defeated Western  Kentucky 

LETTERS 

3078.  To  burn  a  letter  will  bring  good  luck . . .  Mountains 

3079.  To  tear  a  letter  and  bury  the  pieces  under  a  log 
will  bring  good  luck Mountains 

3080.  If  you  fold  a  letter  in  nine  folds  and  put  it  into  a 

glove,  and  then  sleep  on  the  glove,  you  will  dream 
how  to  answer  the  letter. 

3081.  To  put  a  stamp  on  a  letter  accidentally  bottom  side 
upwards  means  that  you  will  not  receive  an  answer. 

3082.  It  is  a  sign  of  great  disappointment  to  get  a  letter 
with  the  stamp  turned  upside  down. 

3083.  If  a  stamp  is  upside  down  on  a  letter  that  you  re- 

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ceive,  your  best  friend  will  leave  you. 

3084.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  put  a  one-cent  stamp  on  a 
letter  by  mistake. 

3085.  If  a  stamp  is  put  on  an  envelope  pointing  to  the 
right,  it  means,  "Go  quick." 

3086.  If  a  stamp  is  put  on  an  envelope  pointing  to  the 
left,  it  means,  "I  am  angry." 

3087.  If  a  stamp  is  put  on  an  envelope  upside  down,  it  is 

a  sign  of  love. 

3088.  If  you  wrap  a  hundred  canceled  postage  stamps  in 
white  paper,  tie  them  with  a  red  twine  string,  and 
throw  them  out  of  the  back  window,  you  will  find 
money   Mountains 

3089.  If  you  write  the  initials  of  the  person  from  whom 
you  wish  a  letter  on  a  piece  of  pie  and  eat  the  pie, 
you  will  get  the  letter. 

3090.  If  you  find  an  unopened  letter  on  the  street,  you 
will  soon  have  good  news. 

3091.  If  you  receive  a  note  with  one  corner  folded  by  mis- 

take, you  will  have  a  quarrel  with  the  person  who 
sent  it Blue  Grass 

3092.  No  news  is  a  sign  of  good  news. 

3093.  If  you  pick  up  a  book  and  turn  it  upside  down,  a 

letter  with  bad  news  in  it  will  come  to  you. 

MINES 

3094.  If  a  woman  comes  into  a  coal  mine,  there  will  be  an 

accident  to  the  miners Mountains 

3095.  It  causes  bad  luck  for  a  hole  to  squib  on  the  right 

side  of  the  room  in  a  coal  mine Mountains 

3096.  It  causes  good  luck  for  a  hole  to  squib  on  the  left 

side  of  the  room  in  a  coal  mine Mountains 

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3097.  If  a  woman  enter  a  mine,  there  will  be  a  death 
among  the  miners  within  six  months . . .  Mountains 

3098.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  whistle  in  a  coal  mine 

Mountains 

3099.  On  the  day  of  a  death  in  a  camp  (even  the  death  of 

a  baby)  miners  must  not  work Mountains 

3100.  To  see  a  light  in  a  mine  is  a  sign  that  the  death  of 
one  or  more  miners  is  near Mountains 

3101.  If  you  go  into  a  mine  with  a  time  set  for  coming 

out,  you  will  be  killed  before  you  are  out 

Mountains 

3102.  It  will  bring  bad  luck  to  go  down  into  a  mine  after 
dark Western  Kentucky 

3103.  If  a  dog  goes  inside  a  coal  mine,  some  one  who 
works  in  the  mine  will  be  killed Mountains 

3104.  If  mice  run  out  of  a  mine,  the  mine  will  fall  in. ... 

Mountains 

3105.  A  white  rat  in  a  coal  mine  is  a  sign  of  a  cave  in. ... 

Mountains 

3106.  To  see  rats  in  a  mine  is  a  sign  that  slate  will  fall.  . 

Mountains 

3107.  It  means  good  luck  for  a  miner  to  skin  his  back  on 

an  oak  board Mountains 

3108.  It  means  good  luck  for  a  miner  to  get  coal  dust  in 
his  eyes. 

3109.  It  means  bad  luck  for  a  miner  to  get  slate  in  his 
eye Mountains 

3110.  It  means  bad  luck  for  a  miner  to  strike  a  sulphur 

ball  with  his  pick  and  not  strike  out  fire .  Mountains 


KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

COLOE 

3111.  When  milk  is  being  churned,  the  butter  will  come 

more  quickly  if  the  churn  is  set  on  a  blue  cloth. . 
Blue  Grass 

3112.  If  a  blue-gummed  negro  bites  you,  the  wound  will 

poison  you. 

3113.  If  a  green  snake  bites  you,  you  will  laugh  yourself 
to  death.  * 

3114.  Peacock  colors  bring  bad  luck  to  the  wearer. 

3115.  To  find  a  red  stone  is  a  sign  that  some  one  is  think- 
ing of  you. 

3116.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  you  see  a  red-haired  girl 

coming  up  the  street. 

3117.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  see  a  red-haired  wo- 

man as  you  leave  your  home  in  the  morning 

Mountains 

3118.  To  meet  a  red-haired  negro  brings  bad  luck. 

3119.  Actors  and  musicians  consider  yellow  an  unlucky 

color. 

3120.  If  you  see  a  violet  cloud,  you  will  live  to  old  age. . . 

Blue  Grass 

3121.  It  brings  good  luck  to  see  a  yellow  box-car. 

NUMBERS 

3122.  The  third  time  is  for  luck.    "Three's  a  charm." 

3123.  Three  is  an  unlucky  number Mountains 

3124.  In  fire  insurance,  one  large  loss  means  that  there 

will  be  three  losses. 

3125.  One  suicide  or  one  murder  means  that  there  will  be 
two  more. 

3126.  It  causes  bad  luck  for  a  passenger  who  wishes  to 

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stop  a  car  to  ring  the  bell  three  times. 

3127.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  the  last  of  three  people  to 

use  a  lighted  match  in  smoking. 

3128.  The  third  who  uses  a  towel  will  have  bad  luck. 

3129.  The  number  seven  is  a  good  luck  number. 

3130.  The  seventh  daughter  of  a  seventh  daughter,  or  the 

seventh  son  of  a  seventh  son,  will  be  extremely 
lucky   Mountains 

3131.  The  seventh  son  of  a  seventh  son  can  be  a  healer, 
fortune-teller  or  the  like. 

3132.  The  seventh  son  will  always  be  a  preacher,  a  doctor 
or  a  lawyer. 

3133.  If  you  stick  a  knife  into  the  ground  eight  times,  you 
will  have  good  luck Mountains 

3134.  Nine  is  a  lucky  number  for  travelers. 

3135.  Eleven  is  a  good  number  in  a  crap  game  (perhaps 
because  it  rhymes  with  seven). 

3136.  Thirteen  is  a  bad-luck  number. 

3137.  If  one  is  born  on  the  thirteenth  day  of  the  month, 
thirteen  is  his  lucky  number. 

3138.  Those  born  on  the  thirteenth  will  die  before  they  are 
thirty. 

3139.  A  clock  that  strikes  thirteen  prophesies  death. 

3140.  If  thirteen  people  are  seated  at  a  table,  the  first  to 
get  up  will  die  before  that  time  next  year. 

3141.  Of  thirteen  people  who  sit  down  to  a  meal,  one  will 
die  within  a  month. 

3142.  If  thirteen  people  sit  at  a  table,  the  youngest  will 

die  soon. 

3143.  If  you  find  the  number  thirteen  turned  towards  you, 
you  will  be  an  old  maid. 

3144.  Put  twenty-four  canceled  postage  stamps  into  an 

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envelope,  and  throw  them  out  of  a  window  in  the 
morning.    You  will  find  something. 

3145.  It  is  a  bad-luck  sign  to  have  an  uneven  number  of 
anything. 

3146.  If  you  count  ninety-nine  stars  without  bowing  your 
head,  you  will  drop  dead. 

3147.  If  you  try  to  count  one  hundred  stars  without  look- 
ing down,  you  will  fall  dead  on  the  ninety-ninth. 

3148.  If  you  count  one  hundred  stars  without  looking 
down,  your  mother  will  die  before  the  year  is  out. 

3149.  If  you  count  one  hundred  stars,  you  will  drop  dead. 

3150.  Stamp  every  negro  that  you  meet  until  you  have 
stamped  one  hundred;  then  you  will  receive  a  de- 
sirable present. 

3151.  If  you  stamp  one  hundred  negroes,  you  will  find 

something. 

SPORTS 

3152.  If  you  cross  bats  in  playing  ball,  your  luck  will 
change. 

3153.  In  laying  baseball  bats  down,  do  not  cross  them. 

3154.  If  the  first  batter  in  a  baseball  game  strikes  out,  the 

opposing  team  will  win. 

3155.  If  you  break  your  bat,  you  may  expect  a  batting 

slump. 

3156.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  change  bats  after  you  have 
taken  one  in  your  hand. 

3157.  To  change  bats  after  the  second  strike  is  unwise. 

3158.  It  causes  bad  luck  for  a  baseball  player  to  stand  on 
the  plate  with  the  large  end  of  the  bat  down. 

3159.  If  one  drops  a  baseball  bat  between  the  home  base 

and  the  catcher,  bad  luck  will  follow. 

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3160.  When  one  is  running  toward  first  base,  it  brings 

bad  luck  to  step  over  a  bat. 

3161.  If  on  the  way  to  the  plate  you  pass  between  the 
home  plate  and  the  pitcher,  you  will  be  hit  by  the 
ball  later. 

3162.  For  good  luck,  spit  on  the  end  of  the  bat  before 

batting. 

3163.  It  is  unlucky  for  the  batter  to  spit  on  the  home  plate. 

3164.  If  the  pitcher  strikes  out  the  first  batter,  the  pitcher 
will  lose. 

3165.  If  a  pitcher  spits  on  a  ball,  the  batter  will  miss  it. 

3166.  If  a  pitcher  finds  a  toad  in  the  outfield  just  before 
he  begins  the  game,  he  will  win. 

3167.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  the  pitcher  to  step  out  of 
the  box  after  he  has  thrown  the  first  strike. 

3168.  It  causes  bad  luck  for  a  pitcher  to  sleep  in  the 
room  of  a  losing  pitcher. 

3169.  A  ball  team  should  not  have  its  picture  taken  be- 

fore a  game. 

3170.  Some  especially  bad  luck  will  come  to  you  if  you  are 
put  out  on  third  base. 

3171.  To  change  a  baseball  locker  will  bring  bad  luck. 

3172.  It  brings  good  luck  to  pass  a  hay  wagon  on  the  day 

of  a  baseball  game,  if  you  will  tip  your  hat  to  it. 

3173.  It  is  well  for  a  ball-player  to  see  a  load  of  empty 
beer  barrels  while  he  is  on  his  way  to  the  ball  park 

3174.  If  your  hand  itches  while  you  are  playing  baseball, 
you  will  catch  the  next  foul  ball. 

3175.  The  placing  of  a  black  piece  of  cloth  in  the  dugout 

of  the  opposing  team,  will  bring  victory  to  your 
team. 

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3176.  To  use  the  locker  of  a  great  baseball  player  will 
bring  good  luck. 

3177.  The  seventh  inning  in  baseball  will  be  lucky  for  one 

of  the  two  opposing  baseball  teams. 

3178.  It  is  bad  luck  for  the  batter  to  try  to  watch  the 
catcher's  signal. 

3179.  The  home  team  should  not  permit  the  visiting  team 
to  sit  on  the  bench. 

3180.  If  a  towel  that  you  hang  up  in  a  dressing  room  be- 

fore a  ball  game  remains  and  is  untouched,  you  will 
win. 

3181.  If  a  baseball  player  sees  a  cross-eyed  woman  in  the 
grandstand,  he  will  not  get  a  hit  that  day. 

3182.  The  team  that  loses  first  blood  in  football,  will  lose 
the  game. 

3183.  To  play  a  game  in  a  new  or  a  clean  uniform  is  un- 
lucky. 

3184.  A  common  saying  among  fishermen  is: 

"Wind  from  the  south,  hook  in  the  mouth, 
Wind  from  the  east,  bite  the  least; 
Wind  from  the  north,  further  off; 
Wind  from  the  west,  bite  the  best." 

3185.  Fish  bite  best  when  dogwood  is  in  bloom. 

3186.  Fish  will  not  bite  when  it  is  thundering. 

3187.  When  it  thunders,  the  time  is  favorable  to  fish  for 

cat  fish   Mountain 

3188.  Spit  on  your  fishing-bait  for  luck. 

3189.  In  fishing,  you  would  do  well  to  spit  on  your  bait 
three  times. 

3190.  Chew  sweet  enice  and  spit  on  your  hook  for  luck 

at  fishing. 

3191.  It  causes  good  luck  when  you  are  fishing  to  throw 

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out  on  dry  land  a  leaf  that  has  been  caught  in  the 
water. 

3192.  If  you  stick  your  hand  with  a  fish's  fin,  you  will 

catch  nothing  more. 

3193.  To  carry  a  fishing  pole  into  the  house  will  prevent 
your  catching  anything. 

3194.  It  is  unlucky  to  change  poles,  while  you  are  fishing. 

3195.  If  you  let  the  end  of  a  pole  touch  the  water,  you 
will  catch  no  fish. 

3196.  In  fishing,  if  you  step  over  the  fishing  pole,  you 

will  catch  no  fish. 

3197.  If  you  curse  while  you  are  fishing,  the  fish  will  not 
bite Mountains 

3198.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  change  hooks  while  you  are 

fishing. 

3199.  If  you  let  another  person  get  fishing  bait  from  your 
bait  can,  you  will  have  no  luck Mountains 

3200.  If  you  catch  a  fish  in  the  eye,  you  will  not  catch  any 
more  that  day Mountains 

3201.  If  when  you  go  fishing  you  turn  the  first  fish  caught 

back  into  the  water,  you  will  have  bad  luck. 

3202.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  cross  lines  in  fishing. 

3203.  If  some  one  steps  over  your  fishing  line,  you  will 

have  bad  luck. 

3204.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  take  a  dog  with  you  on  a  fish- 

ing trip,  for  you  will  catch  no  fish. 

3205.  If  when  you  go  fishing  a  rabbit  crosses  your  path, 

you  will  catch  no  fish.1 

3206.  If  in  falling  weather  chickens  do  not  seek  shelter 
but  walk  about,  you  may  go  hunting  with  assur- 

1  For  fishing  in  connection  with  the  signs  of  the  zodiac,  see  the  chapter  on 
'The  Moon  and  Signs  of  the  Zodiac,"  numbers  2290-2292. 

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ance,  as  birds  will  also  be  out. .  .Central  Kentucky 

3207.  When  you  leave  the  house  on  a  hunting  or  fishing 

expedition,  kick  off  your  right  shoe.    This  act  will 
bring  good  luck. 

3208.  To  have  good  luck  in  hunting,  you  should  shoot 

your  gun  once  before  you  leave  your  yard 

Blue  Grass 

3209.  A  hunter  will  encounter  bad  luck  if  he  turns  back 

after  he  has  entered  a  wood. 

3210.  If  two  hunters  cross  different  panels  of  fence,  bad 

luck  will  follow. 

3211.  When  you  are  hunting,  you  may  change  your  luck 

by  turning  the  back  of  your  hat  to  the  front. 

3212.  If  you  drop  a  gun,  you  will  have  an  accident  five 
nights  afterward  Mountains 

3213.  If  you  shoot  a  gun  against  a  tree  when  the  bark  is 

frozen,  the  shot  will  come  back  and  kill  you. 

3214.  Do  not  let  your  hunting  gun  be  out  of  your  posses- 

sion over  night  during  the  hunting  season. 

3215.  If  a  horse  refuses  to  drink  before  a  race,  he  will  win 

Blue  Grass 

3216.  To  keep  a  goat  in  the  stall  of  a  race-horse  will  bring 
good  luck Blue  Grass 

3217.  If  a  jockey  turns  his  cap  around  backwards,  he  will 
not  win Blue  Grass 

3218.  Odd  days  are  lucky  for  bets  on  horse-races 

Blue  Grass 

3219.  It  is  disastrous  to  bet  on  horse-races  on  even  days. 

3220.  If  you  will  give  a  needy  person  money  before  you 
go  to  the  races,  you  will  win  your  bets. 

3221.  To  touch  a  hunch-back  will  bring  good  luck  at 
horse-races. 

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3222.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  bet  on  a  gray  horse  in  a  horse- 
race. 

3223.  If  anyone  "crosses  your  luck,"  as  in  boys'  outdoor 
games,  you  will  be  unsuccessful. 

3224.  If  a  prize  fighter  sees  a  load  of  empty  barrels  on 
the  day  of  a  fight,  he  will  lose. 

3225.  To  spit  on  one's  hands  before  a  fight  is  lucky. 

3226.  A  girl  skipping  a  rope  says: 

"Mother,  mother,  I  am  sick. 

Send  for  the  doctor,  quick,  quick. 

Doctor,  doctor,  shall  I  die? 

Yes,  my  child,  but  don't  you  cry. 

How  many  carriages  shall  I  have? 

One  two,  three,"  et  cetera  until  she  misses  the  rope 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

3227.  If  a  swing  stops  before  you  get  out,  you  will  die. 

3228.  After  someone  says,  "Let  the  old  cat  die,"  it  will 

cause  bad  luck  to  quicken  the  motion  of  the  swing. 

LUCK  AT  CARDS 

3229.  "Unlucky  at  cards,  lucky  at  love." 

3230.  Walk  around  the  table  or  a  chair  to  change  the  luck, 

3231.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  you  walk  around  the 
table  three  times  during  a  card  game. 

3232.  To  change  your  luck  at  cards,  turn  the  back  of  the 
chair  to  the  table  and  sit  astride. 

3233.  For  luck  at  cards,  spit  into  the  bottom  of  your 

chair  upturned. 

3234.  Break  bad  luck  at  cards  by  sitting  on  a  handkerchief. 

3235.  For  luck  at  cards,  reverse  the  direction  of  dealing. 

3236.  It  brings  good  luck  to  deal  from  a  deck  from  which 
you  have  cut  for  deal. 

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3237.  The  reverse  of  the  procedure  mentioned  in  3236 
causes  bad  luck. 

3238.  For  luck  at  cards,  turn  back  the  hem  of  your  skirt. 

3239.  For  luck  at  cards,  turn  up  the  bottom  of  a  trouser 

leg. 

3240.  For  luck  at  cards,  remove  a  piece  of  jewelry. 

3241.  Change  something  in  your  pocket,  to  change  your 
luck  at  cards. 

3242.  It  is  well  for  a  card-player  to  carry  the  wish-bone 

of  a  chicken  in  his  pocket. 

3243.  It  is  lucky  for  a  card-player  to  carry  the  bone  of  a 

dead  person  in  his  pocket. 

3244.  For  luck  at  cards,  "milk"  the  deck,  that  is,  deal  a 

card  alternately  from  the  top  and  from  the  bottom 
of  the  deck. 

3245.  To  change  luck  at  cards,  change  decks. 

3246.  Kiss  a  card  good-bye  for  luck. 

3247.  It  brings  good  luck  to  pick  up  your  cards  with  the 

left  hand. 

3248.  Gamblers  have  favorite  good-luck  pairs. 

3249.  It  brings  good  luck  to  be  the  last  to  take  up  and 
look  at  your  cards. 

3250.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  have  the  last  card  dealt  to  you. 

3251.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  pick  up  cards  one  at  a  time. 

3252.  If  you  start  in  with  bad  luck,  stop,  for  it  will  grow 
worse. 

3253.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  play  cards  any  place  near 

where  a  murder  has  been  committed. 

3254.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  play  cards  across  the  grain  of 

a  table. 

3255.  In  a  game  of  cards  if  you  drop  a  number  of  the 

cards,  you  will  lose  so  many  games. 

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3256.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  fumble  the  deal. 

3257.  Do  not  cut  your  opponent's  deal  when  you  are 
winning,  as  your  luck  will  likely  change. 

3258.  When  the  ace  and  the  two,  three,  and  four  spots 
make  a  trick,  the  winner  should  kiss  the  dealer  for 
good  luck. 

3259.  When  the  ace  and  the  two,  three,  and  four  spots 
make  a  trick,  all  should  kiss  the  dealer  for  good 
luck. 

3260.  If  in  picking  up  dice  you  drop  one,  you  will  lose, 

for  you  have  lost  your  leader. 

3261.  Never  lend  a  betting  opponent  money.    Never  bet 

against  your  own  money. 

ANIMALS,  BIRDS,  REPTILES,  INSECTS 

3262.  Animals  can  see  haunts  or  spirits. 

3263.  Animals  can  talk  on  New  Year's  Eve. 

3264.  It  is  a  bad  omen  for  an  animal  to  die  in  one's  hand. 

3265.  If  you  see  a  dead  animal,  spit  over  your  little  finger, 

so  that  you  may  avoid  bad  luck. 

3266.  All  men  come  back  as  animals. 

3267.  To  run  an  animal  before  you  kill  it  will  make  the 
meat  tender. 

3268.  The  crossing  of  a  black  cat  in  front  of  you  will  bring 
bad  luck. 

8269.  When  a  black  cat  passes  in  front  of  you,  spit,  to 
avert  bad  luck. 

3270.  It  brings  good  luck  for  a  black  cat  to  cross  your 
path  to  the  right Blue  Grass 

3271.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  a  black  cat  to  cross  your 

path  to  the  left Blue  Grass 

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3272.  Avert  the  bad  luck  incident  to  the  crossing  of  a  cat 

or  a  rabbit  before  you  by  pulling  out  a  thread  and 
throwing  it  from  you — on  the  left  or  the  right  side, 
according  to  the  animal's  position Mountains 

3273.  When  a  black  cat  runs  in  front  of  you,  take  off  your 

cap  and  spit  into  it,  to  avert  bad  luck . . .  Mountains 

3274.  If  a  cat  crosses  your  path,  you  will  have  bad  luck, 
unless  you  turn  around  three  times  and  spit  on 
your  little  finger. 

3275.  If  a  black  cat  crosses  your  path,  turn  around  three 
times  to  avert  bad  luck. 

3276.  It  brings  good  luck  to  have  two  cats  or  two  rabbits 

cross  your  path  at  night Western  Kentucky 

3277.  It  is  a  bad-luck  sign  to  have  a  black  cat  follow  you 
after  night. 

3278.  A  black  cat  seen  on  the  morning  of  an  accident  is 

a  sign  of  warning. 

3279.  If  a  black  cat  takes  up  its  abode  at  a  house,  the 
unmarried  daughters  will  have  a  good  chance  to 
marry. 

3280.  If  a  black  cat  is  kept  in  the  family,  the  girls  will 
never  marry Southern  Kentucky 

3281.  If  a  yellow  cat  passing  in  front  of  your  path  turns 
over,  you  may  expect  bad  luck Mountains 

3282.  If  you  spit  on  the  floor  or  the  ground  and  a  cat  goes 
near  your  saliva,  you  will  die ...  Central  Kentucky 

3283.  It  causes  bad  luck  for  a  cat  to  sleep  with  you .... 

Mountains 

3284.  A  cat  on  the  front  porch  brings  bad  luck  to  the 
housekeeper. 

3285.  To  kill  a  cat  will  bring  seven  years  of  bad  luck. 

3286.  If  you  kill  a  cat,  it  will  haunt  you  all  your  life. 

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3287.  If  you  kill  a  black  cat,  you  will  see  the  Devil  before 
you  see  another  black  cat. 

3288.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  a  man  with  a  family  to  drown 
cats Southern  Kentucky 

3289.  A  cat  you  kill  in  any  way  except  by  drowning  will 
not  hurt  you,  but  if  you  drown  one,  the  cat's  ghost 

will  come  at  night  and  suck  your  breath 

Central  Kentucky 

3290.  It  causes  good  luck  to  kill  a  cat  in  a  graveyard  either 

at  midnight  or  on  a  moonlight  night. 

3291.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  cut  off  a  black  cat's  tail. 

3292.  If  you  step  on  a  black  cat's  tail,  you  will  be  an  old 
maid Western  Kentucky 

3293.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  step  on  a  cat's  tail. 

3294.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  drive  off  a  cat. 

3295.  If  a  cat  approaches  you  kindly,  you  have  a  good 

disposition. 

3296.  If  a  cat  raises  its  fur  at  you,  you  have  a  bad  dispo- 

sition. 

3297.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  a  cat  or  a  dog  follows 

you  home. 

3298.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  move  a  cat. 

3299.  It  will  bring  good  luck  to  take  a  cat  to  a  new  house. 

3300.  If  a  cat  gets  on  a  table,  you  will  have  bad  luck. 

3301.  If  a  street-car  runs  over  a  cat,  it  will  also  run  over 

a  person  that  day. 

3302.  If  a  cat  turns  over  so  that  its  head  is  away  from 
the  fire,  someone  is  coming. 

3303.  If  the  cat  washes  its  face  in  the  house,  someone  is 

coming. 

3304.  If  a  cat  washes  its  face  in  the  door,  someone  is  com- 

ing. 

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3305.  The  first  person  that  a  cat  looks  toward  after  wash- 
ing its  face  will  be  the  next  to  marry. 

3306.  To  hear  a  cat  whine  at  twelve  o'clock  is  a  sign  of 
death. 

3307.  It  is  a  sign  of  a  death  in  the  family  for  a  cat  to  mew 
three  times  at  midnight  on  two  or  three  consecutive 
nights. 

3308.  If  a  cat  scratches  you,  you  may  look  for  a  disap- 

pointment. 

3309.  If  a  cat  looks  into  a  mirror,  there  will  be  a  death. 

3310.  A  cat  can  cause  the  death  of  a  sleeping  person  or 

a  sick  child  by  sucking  the  breath. 

3311.  A  cat  has  seven  lives. 

3312.  A  cat  has  nine  lives. 

3313.  A  cat  draws  lightning. 

3314.  If  you  put  cream  on  your  face  and  let  a  cat  lick  it 

off  you  will  have  a  heavy  beard Mountains 

3315.  If  two  cats  fight  for  a  long  time,  somebody  will  have 

a  fight  nearby Central  Kentucky 

3316.  A  cat  will  feed  on  the  flesh  of  a  dead  person. 

3317.  It  brings  good  luck  to  have  a  white  cat  come  to 
your  house. 

3318.  It  causes  good  luck  to  meet  or  pass  a  drove  of  cattle. 

3319.  If  many  of  your  stock  suffer  from  an  epidemic, 

someone  in  your  family  will  have  an  accident  or 
will  die   Mountains 

3320.  Blood  in  the  cow's  milk  is  a  sign  of  a  death  in  the 

family. 

3321.  To  shoot  a  cow  brings  bad  luck. 

3322.  If  a  cow  falls  down,  she  will  die. 

3323.  If  a  cow  falls  down,  she  will  die  within  a  week .... 

Southern  Kentucky 

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3324.  If  a  cow  lows  in  front  of  your  door,  you  may  expect 

a  death. 

3325.  If  a  cow  lows  over  your  gate,  there  will  be  a  death. 

3326.  A  cow's  lowing  between  seven  and  eight  o'clock  in 
the  morning  is  the  sign  of  a  death  in  the  family .  . . 
Northern  Kentucky 

3327.  If  a  cow's  low  is  heard  after  dark,  there  will  be  a 

death  in  the  family  before  the  next  Wednesday 
night. 

3328.  If  you  move  from  one  city  to  another  and  take  a 
cow  with  you,  you  will  have  bad  luck. 

3329.  It  is  thought  that  a  cow  may  lose  its  cud.    It  does 

not.     Indigestion  may  prevent  the  stomach  from 
supplying  the  cud. 

3330.  The  common  belief  that  cows  sometimes  have  an 
ailment  called  hollow  horn  is  a  superstition.    That 
is,  it  is  thought  that  a  certain  disease  will  produce 
hollow  horn. 

3331.  The  birth  of  twin  calves  is  a  sign  of  a  death  in  the 
family North-eastern  Kentucky 

3332.  If  you  milk  a  cow  on  the  ground,  it  will  go  dry. 

3333.  If  a  cow  steps  over  a  milk  bucket,  milk- weed  will 
grow  at  that  place Mountains 

3334.  If  you  can  see  the  reflection  of  a  calf  hoof  in  a 
glass  of  milk,  it  is  pure,  that  is,  free  from  water, 

3335.  Butter  will  come  easily  all  the  year  if  the  milk  which 

is  milked  in  April  is  not  mixed  with  that  which  is 
milked  in  May Mountains 

3336.  When  you  churn,  if  the  butter  does  not  gather, 

whip  the  churn. 

3337.  If  you  look  into  a  churn  of  milk,  you  will  be  bald- 

headed Central  Kentucky 

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3338.  If  a  dog  points  his  nose  toward  you  and  howls  at 
midnight,  you  will  soon  be  killed. 

3339.  When  a  dog  howls  without  any  apparent  reason, 

bad  luck  may  be  expected. 

3340.  There  will  be  a  death  in  the  family  if  a  dog  howls 
at  night  (or  some  say,  at  midnight). 

3341.  The  disaster  of  death  presaged  by  the  howl  of  a 
dog  at  night  (or  according  to  some,  at  midnight) 
may  be  averted  by  turning  an  old  shoe  upside  down. 

3342.  If  a  watch  dog  barks  three  times  when  you  are  pull- 

ing it  in,  you  will  die Blue  Grass 

3343.  If  a  dog  howls  twice  at  night,  a  woman  will  die. 

3344.  If  a  dog  howls  three  times  at  night,  a  man  will  die. 

3345.  A  dog's  howling  in  a  doorway  or  beneath  a  win- 

dow means  death. 

3346.  If  a  dog  howls  with  his  head  down,  there  will  be  a 

death.    If  he  howls  with  his  head  raised,  there  will 
be  a  fire. 

3347.  If  a  dog  howls,  turn  over  a  shoe;  the  howling  will 

stop  and  the  danger  will  be  averted. 

3348.  It  causes  bad  luck,  if  on  your  way  to  a  funeral,  you 
meet  a  dog  with  hydrophobia Mountains 

3349.  If  a  dog  lies  on  his  back  and  scratches,  expect  a 

death. 

3350.  If  a  dog  stretches  himself  out  on  the  ground,  he  is 
measuring  a  grave. 

3351.  If  a  dog  crawls  on  his  belly  and  moans,  he  is  meas- 

uring his  master's  grave. 

3352.  If  a  dog  turns  over  to  scratch  his  back  with  his  head 

down  hill,  there  will  be  a  death. 

3353.  If  a  dog  lies  down  with  his  tail  toward  the  house, 

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and  then  gets  up  and  shakes,  there  is  a  woman 
coming. 

3354.  If  a  dog  lies  down  with  his  tail  toward  the  house,  a 
man  is  coming. 

3355.  If  a  dog  lies  down  with  his  head  out  of  a  door,  some 
one  will  leave  the  family  soon  (by  marriage,  death 
or  otherwise) Southern  Kentucky 

3356.  When  a  dog  rolls  over,  gets  up,  and  shakes  himself, 

from  the  direction  that  he  faces  a  visitor  will  come. 

3357.  Never  let  a  dog  see  himself  in  the  mirror,  for  he 
will  die Northern  Kentucky 

3358.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  a  stray  dog  comes  to  you. 

3359.  To  be  followed  by  a  strange  dog  brings  good  luck. 

3360.  If  you  do  not  take  your  clothes  from  the  clothes 
line  and  wash  them  again  after  a  dog  has  run  un- 
der them,  some  one  of  your  family  will  die 

Central  Kentucky 

3361.  If  as  you  start  anywhere  a  dog  growls  in  your  path, 
you  will  do  better  to  go  back,  as  you  will  have  bad 
luck  on  your  journey Western  Kentucky 

3362.  If  you  come  upon  a  dog  that  is  attending  to  a  call 
of  nature,  you  will  have  bad  luck Mountains 

3363.  To  prevent  a  dog  from  causing  you  bad  luck  in  ac- 
cordance with  the  last  sign  noted,  join  your  two 
little  fingers  until  you  have  passed  him. 

3364.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  sell  a  dog. 

3365.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  kill  a  young  dog. 

3366.  If  you  kill  a  dog,  its  spirit  will  haunt  you. 

3367.  To  keep  a  dog  at  home,  cut  off  the  tip  of  his  tail 
and  place  it  under  the  doorstep. 

3368.  If  you  pull  three  hairs  from  a  dog's  tail  and  put 

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them  under  the  doorstep,  he  will  not  stray  from 
home. 

3369.  To  keep  a  dog  from  running  away,  measure  his  tail 
with  a  stick,  cut  off  the  hair  that  sticks  out  at  the 
end,  and  bury  the  stick  and  the  hair  under  the 
doorstep. 

3370.  Keep  a  bird  dog  from  leaving  by  taking  hairs  from 
his  tail,  splitting  a  stick,  placing  the  hairs  in  the 
cleft,  and  burying  the  stick  beneath  the  doorstep. 

3371.  If  you  put  a  piece  of  meat  into  your  shoe,  wear  it 

for  a  time,  and  then  give  it  to  a  dog,  he  will  follow 
you. 

3372.  Feed  a  dog  gun-powder  and  raw  meat,  to  make 
him  savage. 

3373.  A  bob- tailed  dog  cannot  walk  a  log  without  falling 

Mountains 

3374.  A  dog  with  a  large  posterior  part  will  be  a  good 
hunter   Mountains 

3375.  If  a  dog's  posterior  part  is  black,  he  is  a  good  rac- 
coon dog Mountains 

3376.  If  any  one  steps  over  a  dog,  the  animal  will  not 

grow  any  more. 

3377.  If  a  dog  licks  the  blood  of  a  dead  man,  he  will  go 
mad   Mountains 

3378.  A  dog  with  dew-claws  will  not  go  mad. 

3379.  If  a  dog  groans  in  his  sleep,  he  is  dreaming. 

3380.  If  you  cut  a  lock  of  dog's  hair  and  put  it  under 
your  pillow,  you  will  dream  what  the  dog  has 
dreamed Southern  Kentucky 

3381.  If  you  slip  a  hat  under  the  head  of  a  sleeping  dog, 
his  dream  will  come  to  you  the  following  night .... 
Mountains 

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3382.  If  you  sleep  on  the  same  pillow  which  a  dog  has 

slept  on,  you  will  dream  the  same  dream  the  dog 
has  had North-eastern  Kentucky 

3383.  When  a  dog  smiles  in  his  sleep,  he  is  dreaming  of 
heaven. 

3384.  If  you  see  a  dog  chase  a  cat  up  a  weeping  willow, 

your  sorrows  are  up  a  tree,  that  is,  are  over 

Blue  Grass 

3385.  A  big  dog  barks  but  will  not  bite;  a  little  dog  will 

bite  but  does  not  bark  much.    Hence  the  stanza  of 
"Sourwood  Mountain" — 

Big  dog  bark  an'  little  un  bite  you, 

Hey-ho  diddle-um-di-ay!' 
Big  girl  court  an'  little  un  slight  you, 

Hey-ho  diddle-um-di-ay !  Mountains 

3386.  Bad  dogs  are  afraid  of  mean  people Negroes 

3387.  Keep  goats  on  a  horse  farm.    If  the  goats  do  well, 
the  horses  will  do  well Blue  Grass 

3388.  Keep  a  goat  among  horses  or  cattle.    Its  presence 
will  avert  disease Blue  Grass 

3389.  If  a  goat  that  is  kept  in  a  stall  with  a  horse  is  taken 

out,   something  unfortunate   will   happen   to   the 
horse Blue  Grass 

3390.  If  a  ground  hog  comes  to  the  house,  there  will  be 
a  death. 

3391.  If  a  hog  is  born  without  a  tail,  it  will  require  one 

fewer  barrel  to  become  fat  on. 

3392.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  pass  a  drove  of  hogs. 

3393.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  give  a  hog  away  or  to  receive 
one  as  a  gift Mountains 

3394.  If  hogs  are  fed  on  beechnuts,  the  meat  will  be  all 
fat Western  Kentucky 

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3395.  Hogs  fed  on  apples  make  the  sweetest  meat 

Western  Kentucky 

3396.  When  a  hog  that  has  been  killed  and  hung  on  a 
tree  falls,  someone  who  has  taken  part  in  the  kill- 
ing will  die  soon. 

3397.  It  brings  good  luck  to  carry  the  wisdom  tooth  of  a 
hog. 

3398.  Hogs  can  see  the  wind. 

3399.  If  when  you  kill  a  hog,  you  put  water  from  his  eye 
into  yours,  you  will  be  able  to  see  the  wind. 

3400.  If  you  drink  a  sow's  milk,  you  will  be  able  to  see 
the  wind. 

3401.  It  brings  good  luck  to  meet  or  pass  a  drove  of 
horses. 

3402.  If  a  horse  snorts  at  night,  a  stranger  is  near. 

3403.  The  death  of  a  horse  is  ominous. 

3404.  If  a  horse  balks  at  night,  he  sees  a  haunt. 

3405.  A  horse  can  see  ghosts.    If  you  place  your  head  be- 
tween his  ears,  you  may  see  them  also . .  Blue  Grass 

3406.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  remove  a  shoe  from  the  hoof 
of  a  dead  horse. 

3407.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  take  the  shoes  off  a  dead  horse 

and  put  them  on  another  horse.    He  will  not  live 
long. 

3408.  A  horse  draws  lightning. 

3409.  It  brings  good  luck  to  change  a  horse's  name  after 
he  has  changed  hands  in  a  trade .  Western  Kentucky 

3410.  If  a  horse  in  wallowing  turns  over,  he  is  worth  one 
hundred  dollars. 

3411.  The  significance  of  white  feet  on  horses  is  thus 
given : 

"One  white  foot,  buy  him, 

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Two  white  feet,  try  him, 
Three  white  feet,  deny  him." 

3412.  Another  version  of  the  significance  of  white  feet  on 

horses  is  this: 

"One  white  foot,  buy  him, 

Two  white  feet,  try  him, 

Three  white  feet,  look  well  about  him, 

(that  is,  be  suspicious  about  him) 

Four  white  feet,  do  without  him." 

3413.  Some  horses  are  moon-eyed,  that  is,  affected  by  the 
moon.    They  become  almost  blind  in  the  full  moon. 

3414.  A  filly  cannot  win  the  Kentucky  Derby.    This  tra- 

dition was  broken  in  1915. 

3415.  If  a  double-team  horse  or  mule  wagon  passes  you, 
you  will  have  bad  luck. 

8416.  If  you  count  one  hundred  white  horses,  you  will 
find  some  money.  If  you  stamp  one  hundred  white 
horses,  you  will  find  a  bag  of  gold. 

3417.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  you  stamp  one  hundred 

white  horses.  (To  "stamp"  is  to  indicate  each  unit 
in  counting  by  wetting  one  hand  with  saliva  and 
striking  it  with  the  other  hand.) 

3418.  If  you  count  one  hundred  white  horses,  someone  in 
the  family  will  die. 

3419.  If  one  counts  one  hundred  and  fifty  horses,  he  will 
find  something  of  value. 

3420.  If  you  see  a  white  horse,  you  will  get  money  the 

same  week. 

3421.  To  see  a  white  or  gray  horse  indicates  the  coming 
of  bad  luck. 

3422.  Spit  between  two  fingers,  then  you  will  not  have 
bad  luck  when  you  see  a  white  horse. 

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3423.  If  you  see  a  white  horse,  look  for  a  red-headed  man. 

3424.  If  you  see  a  white  horse,  you  will  meet  a  red-headed 
girl. 

3425.  To  see  a  white  horse  turning  a  corner  and  see  a  red- 
headed girl  coming  up  the  street,  brings  good  luck. 

3426.  If  you  see  a  white  horse  and  look  over  your  left 

shoulder,  you  will  see  the  Devil. 

3427.  When  you  see  a  white  horse  say, 

"Lippity,  lippity,  white  horse; 

When  you  have  good  luck  bring  it  to  me." 

You  will  then  have  good  luck. 

3428.  A  horseshoe  hung  up  inverted,  brings  good  luck. 

3429.  It  brings  good  luck  to  find  a  horseshoe  with  the 
points  towards  you  and  to  hang  it  up. 

3430.  For  good  luck,  spit  on  a  horseshoe  and  throw  it 

away  without  watching  to  see  where  it  goes. 

3431.  If  you  find  a  horseshoe,  spit  through  it  and  throw  it 

over  your  left  shoulder  for  good  luck. 

3432.  If  you  spit  on  one  side  of  a  horseshoe,  toss  it  up, 

and  have  the  side  you  spit  on  turn  up,  you  will  have 
good  luck. 

3433.  If  you  find  a  horseshoe  on  a  fence,  or  see  one  on  a 

fence,  it  will  bring  you  good  luck. 

3434.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  pick  up  a  broken  horseshoe. 

3435.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  pass  a  horseshoe  without  pick- 
ing it  up  and  hanging  it  up. 

3436.  He  that  takes  down  a  horseshoe  that  has  been  hung 

up  will  be  hung  up  in  place  of  it Blue  Grass 

3437.  If  you  count  the  number  of  holes  in  a  horseshoe  that 

you  have  found,  you  will  have  so  many  years  of 
good  luck. 

3438.  One  horseshoe  under  the  door-step  and  one  in  the 

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fire  will  keep  the  hawks  away  from  your  chickens. 

3439.  If  you  hang  a  horseshoe  on  the  andiron,  the  hawks 
will  not  catch  your  chickens. 

3440.  To  keep  hawks  away  from  the  chickens,  have  a 
horseshoe  in  your  stove  or  in  your  fireplace. 

3441.  If  you  put  some  shining  brass  over  a  horseshoe,  you 

can  thus  keep  off  the  hawks  from  your  chickens. 

3442.  Good  lock  comes  from  carrying  a  horseshoe  nail  in 
the  pocket. 

3443.  Put  horseshoe  nails  into  the  cooking  stove  to  keep 
the  hawks  from  catching  the  chickens. 

3444.  Put  a  horse  hair  into  a  bottle  of  water.    After  seven 

(or  nine)  days  it  will  become  a  snake. 

3445.  If  you  kill  a  mule,  you  will  have  sixteen  years  of 
bad  luck. 

3446.  If  a  mule  turns  over  once,  it  is  worth  one  hundred 
dollars. 

3447.  If  a  mule  turns  over  twice,  it  is  worth  two  hundred 

dollars. 

3448.  If  a  mule  turns  over,  it  is  worth  two  hundred  and 

fifty  dollars. 

3449.  A  mule  that  cannot  turn  over  is  not  worth  fifty 

dollars. 

3450.  To  pick  up  a  coin  in  a  mule's  track,  will  bring  good 
luck. 

3451.  It  brings  very  good  luck  to  stamp  all  the  gray  mules 
you  see  and  all  the  gray  horses. 

3452.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  see  a  gray  mule  six  times. 

3453.  If  you  stamp  one  hundred  gray  mules,  you  will 

have  good  luck. 

3454.  If  you  see  a  white  mule,  you  will  see  a  red-haired 

negro. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

3455.  Mean  negroes  return  after  death  as  mules. 

3456.  All  bricklayers  will  turn  to  gray  mules  when  they 
die Western  Kentucky 

3457.  A  muleshoe  is  a  sign  of  bad  luck.    Do  not  keep  one. 

3458.  A  white  mule  will  never  die. 

Whoever  saw  a  dead  gray  mule  or  a  poacher's 
grave? 

3459.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  a  rabbit  to  cross  your  path. 

3460.  To  avert  the  bad  luck  attending  the  crossing  of 
his  path  by  a  rabbit,  the  traveler  must  go  back  and 
start  over. 

3461.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  a  rabbit  to  cross  in  front  of 
you  from  right  to  left. 

3462.  If  a  rabbit  crosses  your  path  from  right  to  left,  be 
careful  not  to  walk  in  the  dark  for  three  days. 

3463.  It  causes  good  luck  for  a  rabbit  to  cross  before  you 

from  left  to  right, 

3464.  If  a  rabbit  crosses  the  road  from  right  to  left  in 
front  of  you,  pull  a  hair  out  of  your  head,  to  change 
the  bad  luck  to  good. 

3465.  Avert  the  bad  luck  of  a  rabbit's  crossing  the  road 
to  your  left  by  going  to  where  it  crossed,  making 
a  cross  and  spitting  into  it. 

3466.  It  is  well  to  kill  the  first  rabbit  you  see  in  the  winter 

Mountains 

3467.  If  you  see  two  white  rabbits  at  night,  there  will  be 

a  death  in  the  family Western  Kentucky 

3468.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  you  wear  the  left  hind 
leg  of  a  graveyard  rabbit,  shot  by  a  red-headed, 
cross-eyed  negro  in  the  dark  of  the  moon. 

3469.  The  good  luck  rabbit's  foot  is  the  left  hind  foot  of 

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a  rabbit,  killed  in  a  graveyard  at  midnight,  with  a 
stick  ten  feet  long. 

3470.  If  you  kill  a  rabbit  in  the  light  of  the  new  moon  and 

carry  its  foot  around  your  neck,  you  will  have  good 
luck. 

3471.  The  left  hind  foot  of  a  rabbit  shot  in  a  graveyard  at 
midnight  in  the  dark  of  the  moon  with  a  bullet 
made  out  of  a  qunrter  found  in  a  horse's  track,  will 
bring  good  luck. 

3472.  If  you  will  get  the  left  hind  foot  of  a  graveyard 

rabbit  on  a  rainy  Friday  night,  you  will  have  good 
luck. 

3473.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  touch  the  left  hind 

foot  of  a  rabbit  which  has  been  killed  at  midnight 
in  a  cemetery  on  Friday,  the  thirteenth  day  of  the 
month,  by  a  cross-eyed  negro. 

3474.  If  one  carries  the  ear  of  a  jack-rabbit  in  his  pocket, 
good  luck  will  come. 

3475.  When  you  shiver  without  cause,  a  rabbit  is  stepping 

over  your  grave. 

3476.  If  a  rat  cuts  your  clothes,  it  brings  bad  luck  to  mend 
the  garment  yourself. 

3477.  If  a  mouse  or  a  rat  gnaws  your  clothes,  expect  a 
death  or  a  disaster. 

3478.  If  a  mouse  eats  your  clothes,  you  will  never  live  to 
wear  them  out. 

3479.  When  rats  increase  in  great  numbers,  a  war  is  im- 

minent    Central  Kentucky 

3480.  If  a  rat  runs  up  inside  the  clock,  your  dog  will  die. 

3481.  If  you  can  auctioneer  off  a  rat  killed  on  your  place, 

all  the  rats  will  go  to  the  buyer.  (You  must  re- 
ceive some  compensation.) 

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3482.  Singe  the  hairs  of  a  rat  and  turn  it  loose;  the  rest 
of  the  rats  will  leave Negroes 

3483.  If  the  inmates  of  a  rat-infested  house  will  write  the 
name  of  some  person  on  a  piece  of  paper,  well 
greased  with  lard,  and  put  it  where  the  rats  will 
get  it,  telling  them  where  they  will  find  a  better 
larder,  they  will  forsake  this  house  and  go  to  that 
mentioned  in  the  paper Western  Kentucky 

3484.  To  catch  two  mice  in  one  trap  brings  bad  luck. 

3485.  Rats  abandon  a  doomed  boat  or  a  falling  house. 

3486.  If  when  you  open  a  drawer  a  rat  runs  out,  you  will 
have  good  luck. 

3487.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  cross  through  sheep 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

3488.  To  make  an  old  ewe  own  her  lamb,  take  the  lamb  by 
the  feet  and  rub  his  back  against  her  stomach. 
She  will  claim  it Central  Kentucky 

3489.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  a  squirrel  crosses  the 

road  in  front  of  you Southern  Kentucky 

3490.  It  causes  bad  luck  for  a  squirrel  to  cross  your  path 

Western  Kentucky 

3491.  If  a  ground  squirrel  that  you  are  looking  at  goes 
to  the  right,  you  will  know  your  lesson. 

3492.  If  a  ground  squirrel  that  a  schoolboy  or  girl  is  look- 

ing at  goes  to  the  left,  the  child  will  miss  his  lesson. 

3493.  A  flying  squirrel  will  always  bark  when  he  sees  a 

ghost Western  Kentucky 

3494.  It  brings  good  luck  to  have  a  terrapin  or  mud  turtle 
in  your  garden Mountain 

3495.  If  you  kill  a  toad,  there  will  be  rain. 

3496.  To  kill  a  toad  will  bring  bad  luck. 

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3497.  If  you  kill  a  toad,  some  of  your  family  will  die  be- 
fore the  year  is  out. 

3498.  If  you  kill  a  toad,  your  cow  will  go  dry. 

3499.  If  you  kill  a  toad,  your  cow  will  give  bloody  milk. 

3500.  By  throwing  a  toad  into  a  pond,  you  will  cause  the 
cows  to  give  bloody  milk. 

3501.  If  you  kill  a  toad,  you  will  stump  your  toe. 

3502.  If  you  see  a  toad,  you  will  stump  your  toe. 

3503.  If  you  do  not  spit  when  you  see  a  toad,  you  will  be 

sure  to  have  a  wart. 

3504.  If  you  bury  a  toad  alive,  you  will  see  spirits 

Mountains 

(Contributed  in  this  form:    "If  you  Beary  a  frog 
and  hit  alive  youl  see  hants.") 

3505.  At  two  o'clock  on  the  first  Thursday  in  July,  toads 

turn  pink  in  color.    At  half  past  two  they  regain 
their  natural  color. 

3506.  Carry  the  jawbone  of  a  tree  toad  for  luck — for  ex- 

ample to  keep  out  of  jail Mountains 

3507.  Kill  a  tree  toad.    Put  the  head  in  a  snuffbox  until 
ants  have  eaten  the  flesh  away.     Break  the  lower 
jawbone  into  two  parts.     Put  the  right  half  into 
your  clothes  and  the  left  half,  which  has  a  burr  on 
it,  into  the  hem  of  a  woman's  garment.     She  will 
not  be  able  to  get  away  from  you Mountains 

3508.  If  you  kill  a  tortoise,  it  will  sleep  on  your  neck  the 
next  night Mountains 

3509.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  a  bird  lights  in  your  path 

Mountains 

3510.  If  birds  make  nests  of  your  discarded  hair,  your 

hair  will  tangle. 

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3511.  If  birds  make  nests  of  your  discarded  hair,  you  may 

expect  headache. 

3512.  If  birds  make  nests  of  your  discarded  hair,  you  will 

die  before  next  spring. 

3513.  If  birds  make  nests  of  your  discarded  hair,  you  will 
become  insane. 

3514.  If  a  bird  flies  against  your  window,  you  will  receive 

a  message. 

3515.  Birds  flying  against  your  window  bring  bad  luck. 

3516.  A  bird  that  flies  into  a  house  brings  bad  luck  with  it. 

3517.  If  a  bird  comes  into  a  room  in  which  you  happen 
to  be  and  you  speak  before  you  get  it  out,  you  will 
suffer  ill  luck Mountains 

3518.  The  flying  of  a  bird  into  the  house  is  a  sign  of  death. 

3519.  When  a  bird  comes  into  the  house  and  a  picture  falls 

down  at  the  same  time,  a  death  will  occur  in  the 
family Blue  Grass 

3520.  If  a  bird  of  any  kind  flies  into  a  sick  room  and  lights 

on  the  bed  post  where  the  sick  one  is  lying,  there 

will  be  a  death  in  the  family  in  a  short  time 

Western  Kentucky 

3521.  If  a  bird  in  the  house  injures  itself,  there  will  be  a 

death North-eastern  Kentucky 

3522.  If  a  bird  comes  into  the  house  and  lights  on  the 

stove,  the  building  will  be  burned Mountains 

3523.  The  flying  of  birds  around  the  house  is  a  sign  of 
visitors  Western  Kentucky 

3524.  If  you  put  salt  on  a  bird's  tail,  you  may  marry  any 

one  that  you  desire. 

3525.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  break  a  bird's  egg. 

3526.  If  you  throw  a  piece  of  feather  over  a  house,  you 
will  find  a  sack  of  gold  where  it  falls . .  Mountains 

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3527.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  have  a  blackbird  fly  across 
your  path.    You  will  have  bad  luck  before  you  ar- 
rive at  your  destination Mountains 

3528.  To  eat  chicken  feet  makes  one  beautiful. 

3529.  Go  behind  the  door  and  eat  a  chicken  foot,  to  be- 
come beautiful. 

3530.  To  become  beautiful,  eat  chicken  gizzards. 

3531.  To  become  beautiful,   swallow  a  chicken   gizzard 
whole. 

3532.  To  swallow  a  raw  chicken-heart  brings  good  luck. 

3533.  It  brings  good  luck  to  have  a  ten-toed  chicken .... 

Blue  Grass 

3534.  Hens  will  not  lay  in  a  field  where  there  are  potatoes. 

3535.  If  you  set  hens  in  the  afternoon,  you  will  have  bad 
luck   Mountains 

3536.  If  a  hen  is  set  after  the  sun  goes  down,  all  the  eggs 
will  hatch Central  Kentucky 

3537.  It  is  well  to  set  an  odd  number  of  eggs. 

3538.  If  you  carry  eggs  for  setting  to  the  nest  in  a  bucket, 
they  will  all  hatch  roosters.    If  you  carry  the  eggs 
to  the  nest  in  a  basket,  they  will  all  hatch  pullets 
Western  Kentucky 

3539.  If  you  place  the  eggs  under  a  sitting  hen  with  the 
left  hand,  they  will  hatch  hens;  with  the  right  hand, 
roosters Blue  Grass 

3540.  If  you  set  a  hen  on  thirteen  eggs,  she  will  not  hatch 
so  well  as  on  another  number .  .  Western  Kentucky 

3541.  If  after  the  chickens  begin  to  hatch,  you  put  the 

shells  up  higher  than  the  chickens  can  jump,  the 
hawks  will  not  catch  the  chickens Mountains 

3542.  To  keep  an  old  hen  from  sitting,  put  her  head  under 

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her  wing  and  dip  her  into  a  tub  of  water  three  times. 
She  will  not  sit  again Central  Kentucky 

3543.  If  a  chicken  is  hatched  in  the  spring,  it  will  lay  only 

every  second  day.     If  it  is  hatched  in  the  fall,  it 
will  lay  every  day Mountains 

3544.  Chickens  hatched  in  June  are  said  to  sleep  all  the 
time. 

3545.  It  is  unlucky  to  bring  in  or  take  out  eggs  after  dark. 

3546.  String  eggshells  on  the  twigs  of  trees  to  keep  the 
hawks  away  Mountains 

3547.  Bake  eggshells  and  feed  them  to  chickens  to  make 
them  lay Southern  Kentucky 

3548.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  find  a  soft-shelled  egg. 

3549.  You  can  avert  the  bad  luck  that  a  soft-shelled  egg 

brings  by  throwing  it  over  the  house. 

3550.  The  general  cackling  of  hens  is  a  prophecy  of  bad 
luck Blue  Grass 

3551.  A  "bullrock,"  also  called  a  "jackrock"    (a  small 

round  rock),  in  the  ashes  keeps  hawks  away  from 
chickens. 

3552.  A  round  rock  in  the  fire  will  cause  a  hawk's  claws  to 

draw  up  to  that  shape,  so  that  it  cannot  catch  chick- 
ens. 

3553.  Put  an  Indian  arrow  into  the  chimney  to  keep  off 

hawks. 

3554.  Any  kind  of  flint  rock  in  the  chimney  will  keep  off 

hawks. 

3555.  To  keep  a  hawk  off  your  chickens,  carry  a  hawk 
rock  in  your  pocket. 

3556.  A  bottle  half -full  of  water  tied  on  a  pole  will  keep 

away  the  hawks1 Mountains 

i  For  other  signs  for  keeping  hawks  away,  see  numbers  343S-3443. 


KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

3557.  If  hawks  attack  chickens,  keep  a  poker  in  the  fire 

until  it  is  red  hot;  then  take  it  out  and  make  a 
young  girl  tell  you  her  sweetheart's  name.  The 
hawks  will  vanish. 

3558.  If  a  cock  crows  before  the  door  early  in  the  day, 
a  visitor  will  arrive. 

3559.  If  a  rooster  looks  in  at  the  door  and  crows,  some- 
one will  leave  the  family Mountains. 

3560.  If  a  rooster  looks  out  of  the  door,  someone  is  com- 
ing into  the  family. 

3561.  If  a  rooster  crows  before  breakfast,  someone  will 

come  before  supper. 

3562.  If  a  rooster  crows  before  breakfast,  you  will  have 
visitors  before  you  sleep. 

3563.  A  cock's  crowing  in  the  front  door  brings  a  guest. 

3564.  If  a  rooster  crows  while  looking  in  at  the  door,  ex- 

pect a  stranger  the  next  day. 

3565.  Someone  is  coming  if  a  rooster  crows.     He  will 
come  from  the  direction  in  which  the  rooster's  tail 
points. 

3566.  If  a  rooster  crows  in  the  kitchen,  a  tramp  is  coming. 

3567.  If  a  cock  crows  before  your  door,  there  will  be  a 

death  in  the  neighborhood. 

3568.  If  a  rooster  crows  three  times  in  the  door,  a  death 

will  follow. 

3569.  If  a  rooster  crows  on  a  fence  with  his  head  turned 
toward  the  house,  welcome  guests  will  arrive. . .  , 
Mountains 

3570.  If  a  rooster  crows  on  a  fence  with  his  head  turned 

away  from  the  house,  unwelcome  guests  may  be 
expected  Mountains 

3571.  When  a  rooster  crows  with  his  head  turned  toward 

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the  door,  there  will  be  an  increase  in  the  family . . . 
Mountains 

3572.  When  a  rooster  crows  with  his  head  from  the  door, 
there  will  be  a  decrease  in  the  family . . .  Mountains 

3573.  The  presence  of  chickens  on  the  porch  indicates  the 
arrival  of  a  large  amount  of  company. 

3574.  If  your  neighbor's  rooster  whips  your  rooster,  your 

chickens  will  not  do  well. 

3575.  If  a  rooster  crows  in  the  back-yard,  a  man  will  come. 

3576.  A  cock's  crowing  in  the  back  door  brings  a  servant 

visitor. 

3577.  If  a  rooster  jumps  upon  a  fence  and  crows,  some- 

one is  coming. 

3578.  When  a  rooster  crows  at  night,  expect  company  the 

next  day. 

3579.  If  two  roosters  fight,  a  man  is  coming. 

3580.  If  two  hens  fight,  expect  two  women.    If  one  hen 

is  dark  and  the  other  light,  one  woman  will  wear 
dark  and  the  other  light  clothes. 

3581.  If  two  hens  fight  in  the  door,  two  women  are  com- 

ing. 

3582.  If  two  old  hens  are  fighting,  two  old  women  are 

coming  soon. 

3583.  If  a  rooster  crows  before  ten  o'clock  at  night,  bad 

news  may  be  expected. 

3584.  When  a  rooster  crows  at  noon,  hasty  news  in  the 

neighborhood  may  be  expected .  Louisville  Negroes 

3585.  If  a  rooster  crows  at  a  certain  time  in  the  night,  you 
will  hear  hurried  news. 

3586.  If  a  rooster  crows  about  dusk,  you  will  hear  unex- 

pected news. 

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3587.  It  is  a  sign  of  bad  luck  when  a  rooster  goes  crowing 
to  roost. 

3588.  If  a  cock  crows  on  the  roost,  someone  in  the  family 
will  die. 

3589.  If  the  cocks  crow  on  the  roost,  you  will  hear  bad 
news  of  some  one  of  your  relatives. 

3590.  If  a  rooster  begins  to  crow  about  nine  o'clock  at 

night,  it  will  turn  cold. 

3591.  If  a  rooster  crows  before  midnight,  there  will  be 

a  fire. 

3592.  A  rooster's  crowing  at  night,  except  at  Christmas 

time,  is  a  sign  of  bad  luck. 

3593.  There  will  be  bad  luck  in  the  family  if  a  rooster 
crows  on  the  steps  on  Sunday,  unless  he  is  killed  at 
once  Mountains 

3594.  Should  you  find  a  feather  in  your  hair  in  the  morn- 
ing, you  will  get  a  whipping Blue  Grass 

3595.  "A  whistling  woman  or  a  crowing  hen,  never  comes 
to  a  very  good  end." 

3596.  "A  woman  that  whistles  or  a  hen  that  crows,  has 
her  way  wherever  she  goes." 

3597.  When  a  hen  crows  in  the  door,  someone  in  the  fami- 

ly will  die. 

3598.  A  crowing  hen  must  be  put  to  death;  otherwise 

death  in  the  family  or  other  bad  luck  will  follow. 

3599.  It  is  a  very  bad  omen  for  a  chicken  to  die  in  one's 
hand. 

3600.  It  is  disastrous  to  let  the  chicken  head  die  in  your 
hand  when  a  chicken  is  killed. 

3601.  If  you  pull  a  bunch  of  feathers  from  the  back  of  a 
chicken's  head  before  you  wring  its  neck,  it  will 
not  flop Mountains 

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3602.  To  make  a  chicken  die  quietly  after  you  have  wrung 

its  neck,  pluck  three  feathers  from  its  breast 

Mountains 

3603.  After  wringing  a  chicken's  neck,  pull  some  feathers 

from  its  back  and  put  them  on  its  breast,  to  make 
it  die  quietly. 

3604.  A  black  chicken's  meat  is  coarser  than  that  of  other 

chickens. 

3605.  The  scratching  of  a  gray  chicken  under  a  window 
means  bad  luck. 

3606.  If  on  your  way  to  a  funeral,  you  meet  a  white 
chicken,  you  will  have  bad  luck. 

3607.  A  turtle-dove's  cry  on  the  first  day  of  the  year 
means  a  good  crop  year Western  Kentucky 

3608.  The  flying  of  a  turtle-dove  over  a  house  portends 
death  in  the  family. 

3609.  If  a  turtle-dove  comes  into  the  room,  there  will  be 
a  death  before  the  week  is  out Mountains 

3610.  If  you  hear  a  turtle-dove  call  as  you  are  going  up  a 
hill,  you  will  have  bad  luck  the  rest  of  the  year. . . . 
Southern  Kentucky 

3611.  If  you  kill  a  turtle-dove,  you  will  have  a  boil,  car- 
buncle, or  other  skin  eruption. 

3612.  It  is  a  sign  of  death  to  see  two  turtle-doves  in  a 
tree Blue  Grass 

3613.  If  you  see  a  white  turtle-dove  before  breakfast,  your 
father  will  die  very  soon Mountains 

3614.  If  a  duck  comes  into  your  kitchen,  you  will  never 
starve Blue  Grass 

3615.  Wild  geese  flying  south  make  the  initials  of  each 
state  through  which  they  pass Negroes 

3616.  It  brings  good  luck  to  pass  a  flock  of  geese. 

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KENTUCKY  SUPERSTITIONS 

3617.  If  an  owl  hoots,  someone  will  die. 

3618.  If  an  owl  hoots  on  the  top  of  a  house,  there  will  be 
a  death  in  that  household. 

3619.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  imitate  the  hoot  of  an  owl. . . 

Blue  Grass 

3620.  If  an  owl  hoots  at  the  door  for  three  successive 
nights,  the  sound  foretells  a  death  in  the  house. 

3621.  An  owl's  hoot  about  midnight  is  a  sign  that  a  mem- 

ber of  the  family  will  meet  with  an  accident. 

3622.  Tie  a  knot  in  your  dress  or  skirt  to  stop  an  owl's 
hoot. 

3623.  Avert  the  disaster  of  an  owl's  hooting  by  turning 

an  old  shoe  upside  down. 

3624.  To  make  an  owl  stop  hooting,  take  off  your  left 

shoe  and  turn  it  over. 

3625.  An  owl  will  stop  hooting  if  you  pull  your  shoes  off 

and  cross  them. 

3626.  To  stop  an  owl  from  hooting,  turn  the  toes  of  your 

shoes  to  touch  the  wall. 

3627.  To  avert  the  disaster  that  follows  the  hoot  of  an 
owl,  heat  a  poker  until  it  is  red  hot. 

3628.  If  you  eat  the  lights  of  a  partridge,  you  will  have 
success  in  love. 

3629.  To  hear  a  peacock  cry  or  to  see  a  peacock  means 
bad  luck. 

3630.  A  peacock  feather  brought  into  a  house  will  surely 

cause  death. 

3631.  Do  not  put  your  hand  into  a  pigeon's  nest,  for  the 

pigeon  will  not  come  back. 

3632.  If  a  pigeon  flies  against  the  window,  there  will  be 
a  death  in  the  household. 

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3633.  The  cooing  of  pigeons  is  a  sign  of  death  in  the 
family  to  which  they  belong Blue  Grass 

3634.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  kill  a  raincrow. 

3635.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  have  a  redbird  fly  across  the 
road  when  you  are  out  riding. 

3636.  You  can  avert  the  ill  luck  which  the  flying  of  a  red- 

bird  across  your  path  brings  by  turning  the  lap- 
apron  over Southern  Kentucky 

3637.  If  a  redbird  flies  across  the  road  in  front  of  you, 
you  will  get  a  letter. 

3638.  If  a  redbird  crosses  your  path,  going  to  the  right, 
good  luck  will  follow. 

3639.  If  a  redbird  crosses  your  path,  going  to  the  left, 
bad  luck  will  follow. 

3640.  If  you  see  a  redbird,  you  will  get  a  letter. 

3641.  If  a  redbird  comes  into  your  house,  the  house  will 
be  burned Mountains 

3642.  It  brings  good  luck  to  see  a  Kentucky  Cardinal. 

3643.  If  a  redbird  or  a  Kentucky  Cardinal  flies  in  front 

of  your  door,  someone  unexpected  is  coming. 

3644.  If  you  see  a  redbird  in  the  morning,  you  will  see 

one  of  your  cousins  before  night Mountains 

3645.  If  you  see  a  redbird  on  Saturday,  your  sweetheart 

is  coming. 

3646.  The  sight  of  a  robin  means  that  someone  is  coming. 

3647.  To  kill  a  robin  will  bring  bad  luck. 

3648.  When  you  see  a  robin,  spit  on  your  fingers  and 

stamp  them  with  your  fist;  if  you  go  through  this 
operation  a  hundred  times,  you  will  find  something 
Blue  Grass 

3649.  If  you  put  salt  on  a  sparrow's  tail,  you  may  catch  it. 

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3650.  If  a  lone  turkey-buzzard  flies  over  the  house,  some- 
one is  coming. 

8651.  If  a  turkey-buzzard  flies  close  to  the  house,  some- 
one wiD  die Blue  Grass 

3652.  If  a  turkey-buzzard  is  killed  with  a  gun,  the  gun 
will  soon  burst  and  will  never  be  of  any  more  value 
Western  Kentucky 

3653.  If  a  whippoorwill  sings  in  a  tree  near  the  house,  a 

death  will  follow. 

3654.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  kill  a  whippoorwill . . 

Mountains 

3655.  If  a  woodpecker  picks  on  a  tree  in  the  immediate 

neighborhood  of  your  house,  expect  a  caller 

Blue  Grass 

3656.  If  a  woodpecker  is  heard  on  or  near  the  house,  there 
will  be  a  death. 

3657.  If  a  woodpecker  pecks  on  the  roof  of  a  house,  a 
person  will  die  there  soon. 

3658.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  kill  a  wren. 

3659.  A  wren  building  near  a  house  brings  good  luck. 

3660.  If  a  bat  flies  into  a  house  at  night,  there  will  be 

someone  missing  the  next  night. 

3661.  If  a  bat  lights  on  one's  head,  it  will  stay  there  until 
there  is  thunder. 

3662.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  kill  a  bat. 

3663.  If  a  honey-bee  flies  before  you,  you  will  get  a  letter, 

3664.  A  yellow  honey-bee  is  a  sign  of  good  luck. 

3665.  A  black  honey-bee  is  a  sign  of  death. 

3666.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  sell  a  beehive;  if  you  sell  one, 
the  contents  of  two  hives  will  die. 

3667.  All  of  your  bees  will  die  if  you  count  your  bee  hives. 

3668.  If  you  ring  a  bell  while  bees  are  swarming,  you  can 

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drown  the  orders  of  the  kingbee  or  the  lieutenants. 

3669.  When  the  head  of  the  house  dies,  someone  must  go 

out  to  whisper  his  death  to  the  bees;  unless  this 

precaution  is  taken,  they  will  leave  or  die 

Negroes 

3670.  If  a  butterfly  comes  into  the  house,  a  lady  will  call 
wearing  a  dress  of  the  same  color. 

3671.  If  a  butterfly  comes  into  the  porch,  somebody  is 

coming. 

3672.  If  you  bite  a  butterfly's  head  off,  you  will  have  a 

dress  the  color  of  its  wings,  or,  as  some  believe, 
the  color  of  the  butterfly. 

3673.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  pull  a  butterfly's  wing  off.  . 

Mountains 

3674.  If  a  butterfly  lights  on  you,  you  will  get  a  new 

suit  of  clothes. 

3675.  It  is  a  sign  of  good  luck  to  have  a  butterfly  light 
on  your  shoulder. 

3676.  Put  some  green  pennyroyal  in  your  pocket,  to  keep 

away  chiggers   Mountains 

3677.  When  a  crab  bites  one,  it  will  not  let  go  until  there 

is  thunder. 

3678.  If  a  crawfish  catches  your  toes,  it  will  hold  on  until 
there  is  thunder. 

3679.  To  kill  a  cricket  will  cause  bad  luck. 

3680.  If  you  kill  a  cricket,  the  rest  of  the  crickets  will  eat 
your  clothes. 

3681.  If  a  cricket  is  killed,  its  mate  will  come  and  cut  the 

socks  or  stockings  of  the  killer. 

3682.  A  cricket  brings  luck  into  a  house. 

3683.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  a  cricket  to  crawl  over  a  hoe 

Mountains 

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3684.  It  brings  good  luck  to  hear  a  cricket  singing  after 
you  go  to  bed  at  night. 

3685.  A  doodle-bug  will  obey  the  following  rhymed  com- 

mand, spoken  at  its  hole: 

"Doodle-bug,  doodle-bug,  come  out  of  your  hole, 

If  you  don't  I'll  beat  you  as  black  as  a  mole." 

3686.  If  you  speak  the  following  words  at  a  doodle-bug's 

hole  it  will  come  up: 

"Doodle-bug,  doodle-bug,  doodle-bug, 

Jim  fire's  burning  up." 

3687.  If  after  catching  an  eel  you  draw  a  circle  around  it, 

it  cannot  get  out  of  the  circle. 

3688.  If  you  put  your  initials  on  a  terrapin's  shell  he  will 
never  leave  your  farm. 

3689.  If  a  firefly  comes  into  the  house,  there  will  be  one 
person  more  or  one  fewer  the  next  day,  that  is, 
someone  will  go  or  someone  will  come. 

3690.  In  firefly  season,  toads  will  eat  fire. 

3691.  If  you  cut  a  fishing  worm  into  pieces,  each  piece 

becomes  a  complete  worm. 

3692.  If  you  kill  a  fly,  ten  flies  will  come  to  the  funeral. 

3693.  If    a   fly   flies    around   your   face    continually,    a 

stranger  wishes  to  meet  you. 

3694.  If  you  kill  a  daddy-long-legs,  the  cows  will  go  dry. 

3695.  If  you  kill  a  daddy-long  legs,  you  will  lose  all  your 
cows Mountains 

3696.  A  white  shell-shaped  bone  from  the  head  of  a  fish 

brings  good  luck.    In  particular  it  prevents  loss  of 
money,  if  it  is  carried  in  the  purse. 

3697.  If  you  speak  the  following  couplet  to  a  grasshop- 

per, he  will  obey  you: 

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"Spit  tobacco- juice, 

And  I'll  turn  you  loose." 

3698.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  kill  a  lady-bug. 

3699.  A  lady-bug  will  obey  the  following  piece  of  advice, 

if  it  is  whispered  into  its  hole: 
"Lady  bug,  lady  bug, 
Fly  away  home. 
Your  house  is  on  fire; 
Your  children  will  burn." 

3700.  If  you  kill  a  spring  lizard,  your  spring  will  go  dry 

3701.  Locusts  come  every  seventeen  years;  if  they  have 

a  W  on  the  wing,  it  means,  woe,  war  and  want. . . 
Southern  Kentucky 

3702.  The  first  louse  found  in  a  child's  head,  if  cracked 

on  a  tin  cup,  will  make  a  dancer  of  the  child;  on  a 
song-book,  a  singer;  on  the  Bible,  a  reader;  on  the 
child's  head,  a  simpleton! Mountains 

3703.  To  dream  of  head  lice  will  bring  money. 

3704.  A  white  moth  flying  is  the  spirit  of  a  grandparent 

hovering  near. 

3705.  If  you  knock  down  a  mud-dauber's  nest,  you  will 
break  your  dishes Western  Kentucky 

3706.  If  you  carry  a  piece  of  oyster  shell  in  your  pocket- 
book,  you  will  have  good  luck  always  in  the  way  of 
riches North-eastern  Kentucky 

3707.  When  you  kill  a  snake,  it  will  not  die  until  sundown. 

3708.  If  you  put  a  coal  on  a  snake's  stomach,  while  it  is 

awaiting  sundown  to  die,  its  legs  will  come  out,  and 
it  will  walk. 

3709.  If  a  snake  dies  before  sundown,  there  will  be  bad 

luck. 

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3710.  If  you  spit  into  a  snake's  trail,  the  snake  will  die . . 

Western  Kentucky 

3711.  If  you  step  on  a  dead  snake,  there  will  be  sores  on 
your  feet Mountains 

3712.  If  you  do  not  kill  the  first  snake  you  see  every  year, 
you  will  not  overcome  your  enemies. 

3713.  If  you  find  the  first  snake  that  you  see  in  the  spring 

dead,  your  enemies  are  all  conquered. 

3714.  If  you  kill  a  snake  at  mating  time,  its  mate  will 
come  to  the  body. 

3715.  If  you  kill  a  snake  and  hang  it  over  a  fence,  you 
will  not  see  any  more  snakes  that  day . .  Blue  Grass 

3716.  If  you  cut  a  snake  into  pieces  and  leave  them  to- 
gether, the  fragments  will  unite  and  crawl  away. 

3717.  Snakes  are  blind  in  August. 

3718.  Snakes  will  not  come  about  a  garden  where  gourds 
grow Western  Kentucky 

3719.  Snakes  may  be  kept  off  by  the  carrying  of  snake- 
root. 

3720.  Black  snakes  suck  cows. 

3721.  Keep  a  black  snake  with  you,  to  drive  away  bad 
luck   Mountains 

3722.  If  you  kill  a  snake  that  has  sucked  a  cow,  the  cow 
will  go  dry. 

3723.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  touch  a  rattlesnake  skin. 

3724.  The  rattles  of  a  rattlesnake  kept  in  a  violin  bring 
good  luck  to  the  owner Western  Kentucky 

3725.  If  you  receive  rattle-snake  rattles  from  someone, 
you  will  come  to  no  harm  while  that  person  is  near 
Mountains 

3726.  Snake  dust  (that  is,  the  dust  made  by  pulverizing 

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a  dried  snake),  shaken  into  one's  shoes,  will  poison 
one  Negroes 

3727.  A  "snake-doctor"    (that  is,  a  dragon-fly)    warns 

snakes  of  danger  and  shows  them  the  whereabouts 
of  food. 

3728.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  kill  a  dragon-fly. 

3729.  If  a  dragon-fly  lights  on  your  line  while  you  are 

fishing,  the  fish  will  not  bite. 

3730.  The  crawling  of  a  spider  on  you  brings  good  luck. 

3731.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  kill  a  spider  found  crawling 

on  you. 

3732.  A  spider  at  night  brings  good  luck.    Do  not  kill  it. 

3733.  If  a  spider  comes  down  in  front  of  your  face,  you 

will  get  a  letter.    But  if  you  kill  the  spider,  you 
will  not  get  the  letter. 

3734.  If  you  catch  a  spider  weaving  its  web  downward, 

catch  it  in  the  palm  of  your  hand  and  kill  it.    You 
will  receive  a  letter. 

3735.  If  a  spider  crawls  on  your  head,  a  letter  will  come 

from  the  direction  it  is  moving. 

3736.  If  a  spider  weaves  a  web  over  your  head,  you  will 
get  a  letter. 

3737.  If  a  spider  lets  a  web  down  on  your  shoulder,  you 
will  get  a  letter. 

3738.  If  a  spider  spins  its  thread  in  the  doorway  or  in 

front  of  one's  face,  a  welcome  visitor  may  be  ex- 
pected. 

3739.  The  crawling  of  a  spider  on  your  bed  foretells  the 

coming  of  a  stranger. 

3740.  By  killing  a  spider  on  your  bed,  you  prevent  the 

coming  of  a  stranger. 

3741.  When  a  spider  swings  down  from  a  web  in  front  of 

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you,  you  will  see  a  good  friend  whom  you  are  not 
expecting. 

3742.  If  a  spider  crawls  up  the  door,  a  stranger  is  coming, 

3743.  "Where  the  spider-webs  grow, 

The  beaus  don't  go." 

3744.  If  a  spider  gets  on  your  dress,  you  will  have  a  new 
one. 

3745.  It  is  lucky  to  find  a  spider  on  your  clothes.     It 
spins  your  wealth. 

3746.  If  a  spider  is  hanging  over  your  head,  you  will  re- 

ceive money. 

3747.  Carry  a  dead  spider  in  your  shoe  for  good  luck. 

3748.  If  you  catch  a  spider  on  you,  wrap  it  up  and  put  it 
into  your  stocking  for  luck. 

3749.  If  a  spider  spins  a  web  in  front  of  you,  take  it  and 

put  it  into  your  pocket-book  alive.    It  is  supposed 
to  bring  you  money Mountains 

3750.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  kill  a  black  spider .  .  Blue  Grass 

3751.  If  there  is  a  black  spider  on  you,  you  will  get  a  let- 
ter from  a  black-headed  person. 

3752.  With  every  spider  that  you  kill,  you  kill  an  enemy, 

3753.  A  spider  on  a  bride's  trousseau  brings  good  luck. 

3754.  It  causes  good  luck  to  go  through  a  spider-web. 

3755.  It  is  unlucky  to  see  a  spider  spin  his  web  from  the 

ceiling  at  night. 

3756.  It  brings  good  luck  to  see  a  spider  spin  his  web 

from  the  ceiling  in  the  morning. 

3757.  If  you  run  into  a  cobweb,  you  will  get  a  letter 

Blue  Grass 

3758.  Brightly-colored  spiders,  lizards,  snakes,   and  the 

like  are  poisonous Mountains 

3759.  All  spiders  and  tarantulas  are  poisonous. 

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3760.  It  is  firmly  believed  by  the  people  of  Leslie  County, 
a   mountain    county,    that    President    McKinley's 
name  was  written  by  spiders  in  their  webs  as  a 
prophecy  of  his  death Mountains 

3761.  If  you  cut  a  tick's  head  off  and  bury  its  body  with  its 
back  down,  there  will  be  rain Mountains 

3762.  If  you  kill  a  turtle,  it  will  not  die  until  sundown. 

3763.  When  a  turtle  bites,  it  will  hold  on  until  there  is 
thunder. 

3764.  If  a  wasp  flies  into  the  house,  it  brings  good  luck 

for  the  family Mountains 

3765.  If  you  see  a  fever  worm,  you  must  spit  on  it  over 
your  left  shoulder;  otherwise  you  will  have  typhoid 
fever. 

3766.  When  you  see  a  fever  worm,  you  must,  to  avert  a 

fever,  spit  three  times. 

3767.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  kill  a  fever  worm. 

3768.  If  you  sit  in  the  sun  and  look  at  a  yellow  caterpillar, 
you  will  have  a  chill Western  Kentucky 

3769.  If  a  measuring  worm  measures  your  whole  length, 
you  will  die. 

3770.  If  you  find  a  measuring  worm  on  your  dress,  suit, 

or  hat,  you  will  have  a  new  one. 

3771.  If  you  see  a  thousand-legged  worm,  you  will  die, 
unless  you  spit  or  stamp  your  feet Mountains 

3772.  If  a  thousand-legged  worm  counts  your  teeth,  you 
will  die.    Therefore  close  your  mouth  in  the  pres- 
ence of  one Mountains 

WITCHES 

3773.  To  become  a  witch,  go  to  a  mountain  top  at  dawn, 

shoot  through  a  handkerchief  at  the  rising  sun, 

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curse  Jehovah  three  times,  and  own  the  Devil  as 
master.  When  you  shoot  through  the  handker- 
chief, blood  will  fall  from  it Mountains 

3774.  To  become  a  witch:  the  candidate  goes  with  the 

Devil  to  the  top  of  the  highest  hill  at  sunrise  nine 
successive  days  and  curses  God;  the  Devil  then 
places  one  hand  on  the  candidate's  head  and  one  on 
his  feet,  and  receives  the  promise  that  all  between 
his  hands  shall  be  devoted  to  his  service .  Mountains 

3775.  To  become  a  witch,  you  shoot  at  the  moon  nine 
times  with  a  silver  bullet,  cursing  God  each  time 
Mountains 

3776.  You  can  become  a  witch  by  taking  a  spinning-wheel 

to  the  top  of  a  hill,  giving  yourself  up  to  the  Devil, 
and  waiting  until  the  wheel  begins  to  turn.  The 
witches  will  then  come  to  instruct  you . .  Mountains 

3777.  One  who  teaches  witchcraft  to  more  than  three  peo- 
ple will  herself  lose  the  power Mountains 

3778.  If  a  witch  goes  to  church,  she  will  sit  with  her  back 
toward  the  minister Northern  Kentucky 

3779.  If  an  old  woman  has  but  one  tooth  in  her  mouth, 
she  is  a  witch Mountains 

3780.  A  witch  frequently  takes  the  form  of  a  black  cat. 

3781.  When  a  witch  is  at  her  mischief,  she  is  invisible  to 
everybody  except  the  person  bewitched .  Mountains 

3782.  A  witch  can  kill  a  person  or  animal  with  a  witch  or 

hair  ball,  which  is  made  by  rolling  a  small  bunch 
of  hair  from  a  squirrel,  horse,  or  cow  into  a  hard, 
round  ball Mountains 

3783.  By  rubbing  a  hand  over  a  gun,  a  witch  can  put  a 

"spell"  on  it,  so  that  its  shot  will  not  hit  anything 
Mountains 

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3784.  A  witch  can  put  a  "spell"  on  a  dog,  and  thus  make 

him  back-track  on  a  deer's  trail.    She  rubs  her  hand 
over  the  dog Mountains 

3785.  If  you  find  a  small  egg  in  a  hen's  nest,  you  will 

have  trouble,  for  it  is  a  witch-egg 

Northern  Kentucky 

3786.  If  a  horse's  mane  is  matted  in  the  morning,  the 
witches  have  ridden  him  during  the  night. 

3787.  If  you  ride  your  horse  on  the  same  day  that  you 

have  found  witch  stirrups  in  his  mane,  he  will 
throw  you. 

3788.  Tie  strands  of  a  horse's  mane  or  tail  together,  to 
keep  off  witches. 

3789.  Plait  your  horse's  mane  with  corn  shucks,  to  pre- 
vent witches  from  riding  him . .  Western  Kentucky 

3790.  Witches  transfer  milk  from  the  victim's  cow  to  their 

own  cows   Mountains 

3791.  A  witch  can  obtain  butter  by  merely  squeezing  the 

handle  of  an  ordinary  table  fork. 

3792.  If  you  burn  the  wisp  of  the  bushy  part  of  a  cow's 

tail,  the  animal  will  cease  to  be  bewitched 

Mountains 

3793.  A  bewitched  cow  is  cured  by  the  witch-doctor's  tak- 
ing some  hair  from  the  sick  cow's  back  and  boiling 
some  of  her  milk  over  the  fire  into  which  the  hair 
had  been  thrown Mountains 

3794.  If  your  cow  is  bewitched,  shut  the  door,  do  not  let 
her  have  anything  to  eat,  and  then  milk  her  in 
silence  without  looking  up Mountains 

3795.  To  free  butter  from  a  witch's  control,  put  a  horse- 
bridle  over  the  churn Blue  Grass  Negroes 

3796.  If  the  butter  will  not  come,  drop  a  red  hot  horse- 

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shoe  into  the  milk  to  kill  the  witches;  then  the  but- 
ter will  come Mountains 

3797.  For  bewitched  milk,  heat  the  filings  from  a  horse- 

shoe and  put  them  into  the  milk.  The  butter  will 
then  come,  and  by  next  day  something  disastrous 
will  happen  to  the  witch  that  will  establish  her 
identity  Mountains 

3798.  To  avert  a  witch  charm,  put  a  spindle  into  the 
churn Mountains 

3799.  If  butter  will  not  come,  put  a  hot  poker  into  the 

churn.    You  will  thus  drive  away  witches 

Mountains 

3800.  If  the  butter  will  not  gather,  put  a  dime  into  the 
bottom  of  the  churn Mountains 

3801.  Money  should  be  put  into  the  churn  to  keep  away 
witches   Mountains 

3802.  To  keep  witches  off,  let  some  drops  of  the  cow's 
milk  fall  on  a  piece  of  silver Mountains 

3803.  To  keep  witches  off,  keep  a  piece  of  silver  in  a 
glass  of  water  and  sprinkle  the  cow's  back  with  the 
water  every  few  days Western  Kentucky 

3804.  When  a  cow  is  bewitched,  the  charm  may  be  broken 

by  cutting  her  tongue  with  a  silver  coin  sharpened 
on  a  grindstone Mountains 

3805.  Never  go  to  bed  with  your  shoes  higher  than  your 

head,  for  if  you  do,  the  witches  will  be  after  you 
for  three  months Mountains 

3806.  If  you  are  awake  at  eleven,  you  will  see  witches  and 
black  cats  at  twelve Mountains 

3807.  If  a  fire  that  you  are  attempting  to  make  goes  out 
three  times,  you  are  bewitched . .  Central  Kentucky 

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3808.  If  a  spider  is  consumed  through  falling  into  a  lamp, 
witches  are  near Blue  Grass 

3809.  The  twitching  of  the  eye  is  a  sign  that  one  is  he- 
witched. 

3810.  If  you  step  on  a  crack  in  a  sidewalk,  a  witch  will 
appear  and  seize  you. 

3811.  It  is  unwise  to  keep  egg  shells  because  witches  go  to 

sea  in  them.    Burn  the  shells. 

3812.  The  witch-hazel  leaf  should  not  be  plucked  and  car- 
ried about  you.    Witches  conjure  with  it. 

3813.  A  person  that  does  not  believe  in  witches  cannot  be 
bewitched. 

3814.  Witches  cannot  cross  running  water. 

3815.  Take  a  chew  of  tobacco  to  keep  off  the  witches. . . . 

Mountains 

3816.  A  piece  of  rattlesnake  skin  worn  in  the  clothing 

keeps  witches  away Mountains 

3817.  One  penny  will  prevent  the  witches  from  riding  you 

Western  Kentucky 

3818.  If  you  put  a  silver  dollar  under  your  head,  the 
witches  cannot  trouble  you Mountains 

3819.  A  piece  of  silver  in  the  pocket  or  a  silver  ring  on  the 

finger  or  on  the  horse's  bridle  will  keep  the  witches 
away Mountains 

3820.  To  keep  off  witches  and  evil  spirits,  you  must  take 
off  your  hat  and  turn  it  around. 

3821.  A  negro  with  a  rabbit  foot,  mounted  on  a  white 

horse  in  the  dark  of  the  moon  in  a  cemetery,  will 
break  a  witch  spell Mountains 

3822.  If  a  jack-o'-lantern  gets  on  your  back,  it  will  ride 
you  until  morning.     Avert  this  fate  by  turning 
your  coat  wrong  side  out. 

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3823.  When  you  lie  on  the  ground,  draw  circles  around 
you  with  a  willow  fork,  to  keep  off  the  witches. 

3824.  If  when  you  see  a  bunch  of  hair  near  the  door  you 

fail  to  pick  it  up,  the  witches  will  overtake  you  be- 
fore midnight Mountains 

3825.  A  witch  cannot  step  over  a  broom. 

3826.  Witches  will  not  trouble  you  at  night,  if  you  sleep 
with  a  Bible  under  your  head Mountains 

3827.  If  you  are  troubled  by  witches,  it  is  a  good  plan  to 

sleep  with  a  meal  sifter  over  the  face.  When  the 
witches  come  to  worry  you,  they  are  compelled  to 
pass  back  and  forth  through  every  mesh.  By  this 
time  you  will  have  had  sufficient  sleep  and  can 
get  up Western  Kentucky 

3828.  If  you  ban  ga  bread  sifter  on  a  door-knob  at  night, 

you  will  find  witches  in  it  the  next  morning 

Louisville  Negroes 

3829.  Draw  a  picture  of  a  witch  that  is  tormenting  you 

and  shoot  through  it  with  a  silver  bullet. 

3830.  Get  rid  of  a  witch  by  shooting  her  picture  over  run- 
ning water Mountains 

3831.  You  may  kill  a  witch  by  shooting  at  her  picture 

over  running  water.  If  you  shoot  the  picture  un- 
der other  conditions,  you  may  break  the  charm  but 
may  not  hurt  the  witch Mountains 

3832.  If  you  are  about  to  break  a  witch's  charm  by  shoot- 

ing her  picture  with  a  silver  bullet,  she  can  break 
the  charm,  provided  she  or  a  member  of  her  family 

borrows  anything  from  you  or  your  family 

Mountains 

3833.  You  can  remove  a  witch's  charm  and  also  kill  her  by 

driving  a  nail  through  her  picture  near  the  heart, 

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and  then  by  striking  it  once  each  day  for  nine  days 
Mountains 

3834.  You  can  break  a  witch's  hold  on  you  by  boiling 

ragweed  in  a  pot,  beating  it  all  the  time.  She  can 
break  the  charm  by  borrowing  from  you  or  having 
any  of  her  family  do  so Mountains 

3835.  You  can  cure  a  bewitched  person  by  removing  daily 

one  twig  from  a  bundle  of  nine  willow  twigs  which 
you  have  gathered Mountains 

3836.  If  you  are  afflicted  with  witches,  a  hoodoo  ball  made 

of  gum  and  purchased  with  a  piece  of  silver  will 
scare  away  the  witches . . .  North-eastern  Kentucky 

3837.  To  break  the  charm  of  a  witch,  spit  on  the  brush  end 

of  a  broom,  once  for  the  witch  and  once  for  each 
member  of  her  family.  Brush  it  down  the  rear  of 
the  fireplace ;  then  place  the  broom  across  the  front 
door.  Finally  send  for  her.  She  can  do  you  no 
further  harm  unless  you  give  or  lend  her  salt  or 
something  else Mountains 

3838.  To  drive  off  a  witch,  place  a  dime  under  the  hearth 

Mountains 

3839.  To  remove  a  witch's  hold  on  a  person,  cut  the  witch 
out  of  the  victim's  leg Mountains 

KOODOOS 

3840.  Hoodoo  a  person  by  putting  a  shoe  with  a  dead  rat 
in  it  on  his  door  step Western  Kentucky 

3841.  To  hoodoo   a  person,   shake   down   dust   on   him 
through  a  crack  in  the  ceiling.  .Blue  Grass  Negroes 

3842.  To  hoodoo  anyone,  put  snake  dust  (that  is,  the  dust 
made  by  pulverizing  a  dried  snake)  into  his  shoes 
Blue  Grass  Negroes 

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3843.  To  hoodoo  a  person,  put  an  old  shoe  full  of  red 
pepper  under  his  house . .  North-eastern  Kentucky 

3844.  To  do  harm  to  a  person,  take  a  lock  of  his  hair, 
burn  a  part,  throw  a  part  to  the  wind,  and  bury 
a  part. 

3845.  A  hoodoo  bag  is  a  red  flannel  bag  about  six  by  four 

inches  in  size,  containing  a  pinch  of  salt,  a  pod  of 
red  pepper,  a  rabbit's  foot,  a  chicken  spur,  and 
some  ashes.  It  must  be  "made  in  dead  o'  night, 
widout  a  spec'  o'  light."  Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

3846.  A  blue-gummed  negro  is  dangerous.     He  has  the 

hoodoo  power. 

3847.  To  keep  a  person  from  hoodooing  you,  wear  red 

pepper  in  the  heel  of  your  shoe 

Blue  Grass  Negroes 

3848.  Put  red  pepper  in  your  shoe,  to  keep  off  a  con- 
jurer's work Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

3849.  If  you  wear  a  silver  dime  in  your  shoe,  you  cannot 
be  hoodooed Louisville  Negroes 

3850.  Wear  a  piece  of  silver  about  each  ankle  to  keep 

from  coming  under  the  power  of  the  hoodoo 

Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

3851.  Negroes  keep  chickens  with  the  feathers  turned 

back  the  wrong  way,  to  keep  away  the  hoodoos . . . 
Negroes 

3852.  Hoodoos  can  often  be  warded  off  by  a  change  of 

the  victim's  home  or  room 

Western  Kentucky  Negroes 

3853.  The  victim  of  a  hoodoo  may  break  the  charm  by 

giving  up  a  sweetheart  or  a  lover 

Western  Kentucky  Negroes 

3854.  To  overcome  a  hoodoo,  kill  a  scorpion,  dry  it  by 

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smoking  it,  beat  it  to  a  powder,  mix  the  powder 

with  whiskey,  and  drink  the  mixture 

Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

3855.  Hoodoo  doctors,  as  they  are  commonly  called,  are 
considered  able  to  break  hoodoo  charms  and  also  to 
cure  illness   Negroes 

3856.  A  certain  arrangement  of  sticks  in  a  path  that  leads 

to  a  house  may  cause  a  hoodoo.  A  hoodoo  doctor 
sometimes  has  all  the  sticks  in  such  a  path  removed 
before  he  attempts  to  treat  an  illness  that  is  due 
to  a  hoodoo Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

3857.  If  anything  is  placed  in  a  so-called  conjuration 
hand,  the  hand  will  move  in  such  a  way  as  to  indi- 
cate whether  good  or  bad  luck  will  follow 

Louisville  Negroes 

3858.  Negroes  are  said  to  be  able  to  find  "hoodoo  tracks" 

in  ashes  of  the  fire,  which  show  that  some  kind  of 
disaster  is  coming  to  the  house Negroes 

HAUNTED   HOUSES,  GHOSTS,  EVIL  SPIRITS 

3859.  Almost  every  community  has  a  house  which  the 

credulous  believe  to  be  haunted. 

3860.  If  a  picture  falls  off  the  wall,  the  house  is  haunted 

Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

3861.  If  a  snake  runs  across  your  foot  in  front  of  a  house 
which  you  are  about  to  enter,  the  house  is  haunted 
North-eastern  Kentucky 

3862.  If  a  door  closes  or  moves  without  any  wind  or  other 

visible  cause,  the  house  is  haunted 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

3863.  If  you  bury  anything  alive,  it  will  haunt  you 

Mountains 

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3864.  If  a  murder  or  suicide  is  committed  in  a  house  and 
a  drop  of  blood  falls  on  the  floor,  the  house  will  be 
haunted  and  the  blood  can  never  be  washed  out 
or  painted  over. 

3865.  If  you  have  killed  a  person  and  are  troubled  over 
the  fact,  go  to  his  grave  at  midnight,  face  the  north, 
step  forward  over  the  grave  and  then  backward 

over  it.    You  will  be  troubled  no  more 

Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

3866.  A  seventh  son  is  able  to  see  ghosts  or  spirits 

Louisville  colored 

3867.  One  child  in  each  family  is  able  to  raise  knocking 
spirits   Mountains 

3868.  There  is  a  legend  in  Kentucky  that  the  shades  of 
departed  Indians  return  from  the  Happy  Hunting 
Ground  annually  in  the  dark  of  the  moon  in  Octo- 
ber and  silently  tread  again  the  old  trails. 

3869.  "Happen,"  a  spirit  of  the  other  world,  knocks  on 

the  wall  when  one  in  the  house  is  sure  to  die 

Blue  Grass 

3870.  A  deaf  and  dumb  supper  is  prepared  as  follows. 
While  preparing  this  supper  the  participants  must 
neither  speak  or  be  spoken  to  by  any  one.    All  the 
work  must  be  done  backwards,  that  is,  they  walk 
backwards  and  hold  their  hands  behind  them  while 
doing  the  work.     When  all  is  ready  for  eating, 
some  supernatural  sign  appears  to  them.     Some- 
times it  is  two  men  carrying  a  corpse;  or  a  large 
white  dog  may  appear.     Whatever  it  may  be,  it 
is  always  very  alarming  in  appearance. 

3871.  A  much  feared  animal,  called  the  dog-eater,  occa- 

sionally   appears    in    folk    superstition.      He    is 

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thought  to  devour  dogs  and  even  other  animals. 
He  also  terrorizes  people. 

3872.  Soldiers   at   the   front   usually   have   a   "call"   or 
"vision"  before  death Blue  Grass 

3873.  Ghosts  are  the  spirits  of  people  who  died  and  were 
not  satisfied Blue  Grass 

3874.  A  sudden  warm  breeze  means  the  passing  of  a 
ghost   Negroes 

3875.  If  one  asks  a  ghost  what  it  desires,  it  will  tell  him 

Blue  Grass 

3876.  Negroes  wear  matches  in  their  hair  to  keep  evil 

spirits  away Negroes 

3877.  You  can  frighten  evil  spirits  away  by  burning  rub- 
ber   Mountains 

3878.  To  keep  away  ghosts,  put  a  feather  duster  in  the 
doorway Western  Kentucky 

3879.  If  a  spirit  or  a  ghost  pursues  you,  stop  in  the  mid- 

dle of  a  stream  and  make  the  sign  of  the  cross  with 
your  fingers Mountains 

3880.  To  frighten  ghosts  away  when  you  meet  them  in  a 
lonely  lane  on  a  dark  night,  cross  the  left  thumb 
over  the  index  finger,  draw  a  long  breath  and  ex- 
claim in   a   sepulchral  voice:     "Skip-i-to!"     No 
ghost  can  withstand  this  process,  especially  if  the 
words  are  repeated Western  Kentucky 

3881.  If  one  shoots  at  a  ghost  with  a  silver  bullet,  he  will 
kill  it Blue  Grass 

3882.  If  you  think  you  hear  your  name  called,  you  will 
probably  die  if  you  answer  before  you  are  sure ;  for 
it  may  be  that  the  ghosts  are  calling  your  spirit. . 

.Blue  Grass 


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MISCELLANEOUS 

3883.  To  change  a  will  is  unlucky. 

3884.  It  brings  bad  luck  for  a  boat  to  be  christened  with 

anything  but  champagne. 

3885.  "Laughing's  catching,"  that  is,  if  you  laugh  at  an- 

other's bad  luck,  you  will  have  bad  luck  yourself. 

3886.  To  leave  a  book  unfinished  that  you  have  begun  to 
read  is  unlucky Western  Kentucky 

3887.  It  causes  bad  luck  to  break  a  piece  of  candy  or  the 

like  in  anybody  else's  hand. 

3888.  It  is  unlucky  to  throw  a  gift  away. 

3889.  Never  walk  under  a  ladder,  especially  if  there  is 

someone  on  the  top  of  it,  for  bad  luck  will  follow. 

3890.  If  one  jumps  from  a  window,  someone  in  the  per- 

son's family  will  pass  away. 

3891.  To  go  through  a  window  brings  bad  luck. 

3892.  If  you  forget  anything,  you  will  see  a  cross. 

3893.  It  brings  good  luck  to  bury  a  pencil ....  Mountains 

3894.  If  you  start  to  say  something  and  do  not  finish  it, 
you  will  be  disappointed .  .  North-eastern  Kentucky 

3895.  If  you  measure  a  person  while  he  is  lying  down,  he 

will  soon  die. 

3896.  It  brings  death  to  answer  a  mysterious  voice 

Negroes 

3897.  If  you  think  that  you  hear  someone  call  your  name 
when  no  one  has  done  so,  something  bad  will  hap- 
pen to  the  person  whom  you  thought  you  heard  call- 
ing you. 

3898.  If  you  hear  your  name  called,  some  soul  in  purga- 
tory is  calling  for  your  prayers 

North-eastern  Kentucky 

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3899.  If  you  slip  on  a  banana  peeling,  you  will  have  bad 
luck. 

3900.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  boast  (unless  you  knock  on 
wood)  of  immunity  from  any  trouble  or  illness. 

3901.  Billikens  bring  good  luck. 

3902.  After  making  a  call,  you  must  leave  the  room 
through  the  same  door  by  which  you  entered  it. 

3903.  Leave  any  room  by  the  door  through  which  you  en- 
tered; otherwise  you  will  have  bad  luck. 

3904.  If  you  give  something  away  that  is  given  you,  it 
will  smell  bad Blue  Grass 

3905.  Misfortunes  never  come  singly. 

3906.  If  a  person's  given  name  is  changed,  he  will  die. 

3907.  Never  whistle  in  a  dressing  room  of  a  theatre.  This 

superstition  is  held  by  actors. 

3908.  It  brings  very  bad  luck  to  step  over  a  hole. 

3909.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  ring  a  bell  upside  down 

Central  Kentucky 

3910.  It  brings  bad  luck  to  give  away  or  spend  anything 
you  find. 

3911.  If  you  sing  secular  music,  you  will  come  to  grief. . 

Mountains 

3912.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  you  rub  coal  oil  on  your 
neck Mountains 

3913.  It  causes  good  luck  to  meet  a  gypsy  fortune-teller. 

3914.  It  is  a  sign  of  good  luck  if,  upon  opening  the  Bible, 
your  finger  accidentally  falls  on  the  words,  "Verily, 
verily." Blue  Grass 

3915.  Upon  the  first  visit  to  the  source  of  a  spring,  put  a 

pebble  from  the  brook  into  the  hem  of  your  skirt. 
Then  lose  it  without  being  conscious  of  the  loss. 
You  will  have  good  luck Southern  Kentucky 

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3916.  If  you  smoke  a  cigarette  with  a  gold  band  on  it, 
you  will  have  good  luck. 

3917.  A  whistling  girl  and  a  bleating  sheep,  will  always 

come  to  the  top  of  the  heap ....  Western  Kentucky 

3918.  To  pick  up  gravel  under  the  right  foot  and  sleep  on 
it  will  bring  good  luck Mountains 

3919.  If  you  have  hiccoughs,  someone  will  tell  a  story  on 
you Mountains 

3920.  If  you  have  hiccoughs,  you  have  told  a  lie 

Blue  Grass 

3921.  If  you  once  get  your  feet  wet  in  the  Cumberland 
river,  you  will  always   return  to   the   Kentucky 
mountains Mountains 

3922.  Human  vitality  is  always  lowest  between  midnight 

and  morning. 

3923.  Human  vitality  is  lowest  at  three  o'clock  in  the 
morning. 

3924.  If  you  cross  your  fingers  when  you  see  a  one-legged 

negro,  you  will  remove  the  ill  luck  that  follows  the 
sight  of  such  a  person Blue  Grass 

3925.  Smoke  follows  beauty. 

3926.  Smoke  from  an  out-of-door  fire  drifts  to  the  most 
beautiful  person  within  range. 

3927.  If  you  go  through  an  unfinished  building,  you  will 

see  someone  whom  you  are  not  expecting  to  see. 

3928.  If  you  use  the  same  towel  with  another,  you  will 

certainly  quarrel  with  that  person. 

3929.  The  negroes  think  that  when  they  "get  religion," 
the  Lord  speaks  to  them  directly.     For  instance, 
one  said  that  the  Lord  told  him  to  crawl  on  a  log 
Negroes 

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3930.  Poison  oak  will  not  affect  a  really  black  negro 

Central  Kentucky 

3931.  A  sandman  who  sprinkles  sand  in  the  eyes  is  re- 

sponsible for  sleepiness. 

3932.  If  you  wish  to  learn  to  pick  a  banjo,  take  the  banjo 
to  the  forks  of  the  road  on  a  dark  night  and  try  it 
Central  Kentucky  Negroes 

3933.  Engineers  have  a  premonition  that   they  should 

avoid  a  certain  run. 

3934.  If  you  curse  God  and  shoot  at  the  sun,  you  will  be 
able  to  see  the  wind Mountains 

3935.  If  you  start  to  tell  a  thing  and  forget  it,  what  you 
were  planning  to  tell  is  not  so Mountains 

3936.  If  the  dews  are  heavy  in  August,  tobacco  will  weigh 
heavy. 

3937.  Jews  will  not  kill  a  chicken. 

3938.  In  talking  to  someone  if  you  call  him  by  someone 

else's  name,  the  one  named  is  thinking  of  you. 

3939.  "Come  easy,  go  easy,"  that  is,  something  that  comes 
without  effort  will  be  lost. 

3940.  A  sudden  silence  in  the  midst  of  a  conversation 

means  that  an  angel  is  passing  through  the  room. 
Human  voices  are  hushed  in  reverence. 

3941.  If  two  persons  collide  at  work,  they  will  work  to- 
gether another  year. 

3942.  If  two  people  in  bending  over  knock  their  heads 

together,  they  will  sleep  together  that  night 

Southern  Kentucky 

3943.  A  comet  is  a  sign  of  war. 

3944.  If  three  persons  in  conversation  say  the  same  word 

simultaneously,  a  fool  is  coming. 

3945.  "If  you  speak  of  an  angel,  you  will  hear  the  rustle 

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of  his  wings,"  that  is,  if  you  speak  of  anyone,  you 
will  find  him  near. 

3946.  "If  you  speak  of  the  Devil,  he  will  appear."    This 

saying  has  the  same  meaning  as  the  preceding  one, 

3947.  Keep  a  seat  for  the  unexpected  guest.     You  will 
some  day  entertain  an  angel  in  disguise .  Blue  Grass 

3948.  You  will  have  good  luck  if  you  find  a  rusty  nail. 
You  should  not  pick  it  up,  but  you  should  reverse 
the  ends  just  where  the  nail  lies Mountains 

3949.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  follow  the  light  of  a 
jack-o'-lantern Blue  Grass  Negroes 

8950.  A  stone  with  a  hole  through  the  middle  is  a  good 
talisman Central  Kentucky 

3951.  You  will  have  bad  luck  if  you  find  a  stone  with  a 
hole  in  it,  unless  it  contains  a  crack  from  the  outer 
edge  to  the  hole Central  Kentucky 

3952.  To  have  iron  or  steel  about  you  during  a  thunder 

storm  will  bring  good  luck. 

3953.  A  fool  for  luck. 

3954.  Some  people  have  the  power  of  finding  under- 
ground water  with  the  use  of  a  forked  peach  or 
hazel  switch.     When  the  water-witch,  as  such  a 
person  is  called,  walks  above  the  water,  the  fork  or 
divining  rod  turns  downward.1 

iThe  divining  rod  is  considered  by  some  folk-lore  students  to  have  been 
originally  a  symbol  of  forked  lightning.  See,  for  example,  John  Fiske:  Myths 
and  Mythmakers,  pp.  '41-44,  64,  66-67. 


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INDEX 

Ace,  3258. 

Acorn,  1293,  2696. 

Actors,  3119,  3907. 

After-Birth,  14. 

After  Life,  1805. 

Afternoon,   1677,    1678,   1856,   2366,  2477,  2539,  2585,   2771,  2876, 

2879,  2880,  2963,  3535. 
Alphabet,  258,  456,  476,  500. 
Alter,  2281-2283. 
Alum,  1289,  1294. 

Amber,  1062,  1165,  1295,  1381,  2852. 
Amputation,  1007,  1059,  1060. 
Andiron,  3439. 

Angels,  18,  1111,  1112,  1904,  3940,  3945,  3947. 
Animals,   19,  857,  1070,   1107,   1487,  2327,  2715,  2839,  2843,  3262- 

3508,  3782,  3792,  3871. 
Ankle,  1160,  1327,  2281,  3850. 
Ants,  1548  (white),  2328,  2862,  2927,  3507. 
Apple,  200-212,  376,  377,  593,  853,   1114,  1430,   1431,  2251,  2252, 

2884,  2974,  3395. 
Appleblossom,  3003. 
April,   617,  619,   2399,  2407,   2430,  2753,   2847,  2851,   2852,   2950, 

3335. 

Apron,  213-215,  2099-2101. 
Arc-Light,  1301. 
Arm,  47,  48,  536,  1018,  1019,  1059,  1060,  1159,  1429,  2253,  2254, 

2258. 

Armpit,  200. 

Arrested,  1595,  1596,  1597,  3506. 

Ashes,  1147,  1178,  1624,  2744,  2771,  2833,  3551,  3845,  3858. 
Asparagus,  2904. 

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INDEX 

Asthma,  1061,  1062. 

August,  617,  2255,  2271,  2272,  2275,  2434,  2446,  2447,  2828,  2829, 

2847,  2851,  2852,  3000,  3001,  3717. 
Autumn,  549,  1312,  2250,  2330,  2352,  2527,  2669,  2680,  2682,  2684; 

3543. 

Aviator,  2128. 
Axe,  2,  1079,  1094,  1662-1664. 

B 

Baby,  1-81,  84,  85,  272,  1020,  1128,  1138,  1166,  1241,  1256,  1370, 
1372,  1378,  1383,  1384,  1386,  1387,  1390,  1392,  1394,  1396, 
1770,  1773,  1905,  2296,  3099,  (see,  also,  Child). 

Bachelor,  323,  428,  693. 

Back,  549,  715,  758,  864,  974,  998,  1017,  1064,  1065,  1080,  1081, 
1240,  1280,  1325,  1604,  1636,  1637,  1851,  1998,  2025,  2319, 
2347,  2348,  2573,  3088,  3107,  3211,  3233,  3349,  3352,  3488, 
3574-3576,  3601,  3603,  3761,  3778,  3793,  3803,  3822. 

Back-ache,  1063,  1065. 

Backward,  430,  438,  488,  518,  519,  536,  563,  700,  997,  1208,  1211, 
1235,  1363,  1481,  1529,  1530,  1601,  1690,  1697,  1710,  1783, 
3013,  3217,  3865,  3870. 

Bacon,  1098,  1432,  1433. 

Bad  Luck,  28,  29,  46,  49,  58,  60,  68,  101,  163,  164,  171,  185,  400- 
402,  618,  620,  624,  628,  633,  635-639,  643-651,  654,  657-660, 
667-669,  671-677,  679,  680,  682-685,  689,  691,  699,  701-704,  710, 
713,  743,  753,  754,  757-759,  761,  763,  765,  767,  768,  770,  772, 
773,  776,  821,  822,  825,  830-834,  856,  871,  877,  927,  956,  985- 
987,  989-991,  996,  997,  999,  1022,  1023,  1029,  1041,  1550,  1552, 
1560,  1571,  1579,  1584,  1586-1589,  1591,  1594,  1600,  1601, 
1603-1607,  1613,  1616-1618,  1620,  1621,  1623,  1638,  1639,  1641, 
1650,  1656,  1657,  1661-1665,  1674,  1678-1680,  1685-1700,  1707- 
1709,  1716,  1721-1728,  1742,  1744-1746,  1748,  1752,  1754-1756, 
1761,  1762,  1776,  1778-1780,  1790-1792,  1796,  1809,  1815,  1818- 
1820,  1831,  1834,  1835,  1844,  1865,  1871,  1872,  1878,  1881- 
1883,  1908,  1910,  1913,  1917,  1920,  1930,  1931,  1935,  1936, 
1938-1940,  1946,  1951,  1954,  1959,  1961,  1964,  1966,  1970,  1973, 
1976,  1980,  1982,  1984,  1989,  1990,  2001,  2003,  2004,  2008,  2015, 

294 


INDEX 

2023,  2032,  2035,  2036,  2041,  2042,  2052,  2055-2057,  2061,  2062, 
2066,  2071,  2075,  2077,  2088,  2094-2096,  2103,  2105,  2107,  2109, 
2110,  2112,  2115,  2117,  2122-2126,  2129,  2133,  2135,  2136, 
2138-2141,  2150,  2151,  2153,  2163,  2166,  2173,  2174,  2179, 
2181,  2182,  2185,  2186,  2190-2192,  2206,  2208,  2211,  2212, 
2214,  2215,  2217,  2218,  2221,  2223,  2225,  2231,  2291,  2299, 
2306,  2317,  2368,  2606,  2706,  2709,  2719,  2723,  2725,  2727, 
2729,  2734,  2735,  2737,  2741,  2744,  2751-2754,  2756,  2757, 
2766-2770,  2772,  2773,  2775,  2776,  2782,  2783,  2787,  2790, 
2797,  2802,  2807,  2812,  2813,  2834,  2841,  2846,  2855,  2860, 
2863,  2873,  2874,  2891,  2899,  2931,  2933,  2942,  2943,  2962- 
2967,  2980-2984,  2992,  2994,  2996,  3010,  3031,  3032,  3034, 
3035,  3041,,  3047,  3050-3057,  3059,  3061,  3068-3071,  3075, 
3076,  3082,  3084,  3095,  3098,  3102,  3109,  3110,  3114,  3117- 
3119,  3123,  3126-3128,  3136,  3145,  3153,  3156-3160,  3163,  3167- 
3171,  3178,  3183,  3194,  3198,  3199,  3201-3204,  3209,  3210,  3219, 
3222,  3223,  3228,  3229,  3234,  3237,  3250-3256,  3261,  3264, 
3265,  3268,  3269,  3271-3275,  3277,  3281,  3283-3285,  3288,  3291, 
3293,  3294,  3298,  3300,  3308,  3321,  3328,  3339,  3348,  3358, 
3361-3365,  3392,  3403,  3406,  3407,  3415,  3421,  3422,  3434, 
3435,  3445,  3452,  3457,  3459-3461,  3464,  3465,  3473,  3476. 
3477,  3484,  3487,  3490,  3496,  3509,  3515-3517,  3525,  3527, 
3535,  3545,  3548-3550,  3587,  3592,  3593,  3598-3600,  3605, 
3606,  3610,  3619,  3629,  3634,  3635,  3639,  3647,  3654,  3658, 
3662,  3666,  3673,  3679,  3683,  3698,  3709,  3721,  3723,  3728, 
3731,  3750,  3755,  3767,  3857,  3883-3889,  3891,  3894,  3899, 
3900,  3902,  3903,  3907-3911,  3924,  3949,  3950. 

Baking,  353,  1848,  1849,  1853-1857,  1906,  2776,  3547. 

Bald,  2300,  3337. 

Barometer,  2329,  2330,  2525,  2679,  2680. 

Baseball,  3152-3181. 

Bat,  660. 

Bay  Horse,  1960. 

Beans,  216,   1436,   1437-1440,  2237,  2253,  2254,  2688,  2794,  2879- 
2885,  2936. 

Beard,  3314. 

Beau,  403,  532,  533,  585,  966,  1044,  2957,  3743. 

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Beauty,  37,  471,  1826,  2243,  2817,  2890,  3528-3531,  3925,  3926. 

Bed,  31,  67,  74,  174,  219,  220,  221,  222,  226,  455,  456,  518, 
519,  536,  700,  706,  724,  968,  1079,  1144,  1157,  1163,  1167, 
1199,  1208,  1281,  1282,  1318,  1551,  1607,  1612,  1627,  1701, 
1703,  1706-1723,  1750,  1826,  1903,  2096,  2149-2151,  2153,  2191, 
2308,  2358,  2482,  2542  (hog),  2556,  2691,  2855,  2871  (room), 
3684,  3739,  3740,  3805. 

Bed  Post,  217,  218,  1219,  3520. 

Beech-nut,  2696,  3394. 

Bees,  1066,  1907,  2850,  3663-3669. 

Bell,  811,  3126,  3668,  3909. 

Bess-bug,  1175. 

Bible,  5,  42,  195,  225,  226,  1078,  1096,  3702,  3826,  3914. 

Billikens,  3901. 

Bird,  142,  232,  233,  412,  549,  1908,  2331-2335,  2396,  2762,  3206, 
3509-3659. 

Bird-Dog,  3370. 

Birthday,  67,  96,  246,  247,  2854-2856. 

Birth  Flower,  2851. 

Birth-mark,  1067. 

Birth  Stone,  2055,  2056,  2852,  2853. 

Biscuit,  229-231,  1804,  1830,  1832,  1833,  1836,  1841. 

Bite,  853,  855,  957,  1171,  1172,  1340-1345  (snake),  2250  (frost), 
2292,  3112,  3113,  3184  (fish),  3185,  3186,  3197,  3385,  3672, 
3677,  3729,  3763. 

Black,  252,  253,  629,  640,  762,  908,  1120,  1183,  1332,  1333,  1334, 
1353,  1382,  1383,  1442,  1443,  1513,  1531,  1547,  1915,  1917, 
1960,  2122-2125,  2142,  2640,  2641,  2991,  3175,  3268-3275,  3277- 
3280,  3287,  3291,  3292,  3375,  3604,  3665,  3685,  3720,  3721, 
3750,  3751,  3780,  3806,  3930. 

Blackberries,  2436. 

Blackberry  Winter,  2432. 

Blackbird,  143,  238,  3527. 

Black  Cat,  252,  253,  762,  1183,  1332,  1333,  1353,  1442,  1443,  1915, 
3268-3273,  3275,  3277-3280,  3287,  3291,  3292,  3780,  3806. 

Bleed,  451,  745,  1080-1083,  1086,  1087,  1089,  1091-1093,  1095,  1393, 
1451,  1454,  1455,  1458,  1485,  1496,  1508,  2836. 

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Blindness,  1068,  1670,  1910,  3414,  3717. 

Blister,  848,  854,  1200,  1201. 

Blonde,  904,  906. 

Blood,  234,  671,  672,  959,  979,  1070-1096,  1175,  1176,  1183,  1240, 

1332,  1334,  1370,  1398,  1437,  1438,  1443,  1444,  1452,  1454, 

1455,  1458,  1485,  1490,  1491,  1496,  1682,  1911,  2699,  3182, 

3320,  3377,  3499,  3500,  3773,  3864. 
Blood-poisoning,  1098,  1099,  2829. 
Blossom,  409,  666,  2237,  2906,  2969,  3003. 

Blue,  194,  278,  629,  630,  634,  661,  2631,  2914,  3111,  3112,  3846. 
Bluebird,  130,  2334,  2762  (jay). 
Boasting,  2973,  3900. 
Bob-white,  2335,  3628. 
Body,  734,  737,  738,  740,  746,  772,  779,  1060,  1199,  1218,  1257, 

1542,  2285,  2712,  3379,  3714,  3761. 
Boil,  976,  1097,  1100-1104,  3611. 
Bones,  1182,  1278,  1307  (hand),  1315,  1441,  1552,  1676,  1896,  3243, 

3696. 

Bone-felon,  1105,  1106. 
Borrowing,  661,  1036,  1386,  1670,  1757,  1807,  1808,  3024,  3261, 

3832,  3834,  3837. 

Boy,  88,  100,  248,  356,  367,  372,  408,  435,  455,  458,  459,  464, 
492,  497,  508,  510,  511,  512,  547,  556,  809,  2093,  3041,  3227. 
Brains,  82,  905,  1383,  1387,  1393,  1394. 
Brass,  1162,  1297,  1298,  1368,  1444,  2037,  3441. 
Bread,  235-237,  263,  1678,  1828-1852,  1884,  2919,  3044,  3828. 
Bread  Crumbs,  458,  2927. 
Breakfast,  427,  539,  1040,  1043,  1044,  1045,  1047,  1048,  1886,  1887. 

1892-1894,  2386,  2607,  2705,  3561,  3562,  3613. 
Breast,  1020,  1240,  3602,  3603. 
Breastbone,  612,  2530-2532. 

Breath,  1112,  1136,  1234,  1369,  3289,  3310,  3880. 
Briar,  533,  535,  1115,  2255. 
Bride,  368,  606-607,  634,  635,  637-644,  646,  647,  651,  654,  655,  657, 

658,  661-664,  666,  667-675,  690-692,  694-697,  701,  703,  704, 

707,  2146,  2223,  3753,  3754. 
Bridegroom,  638,  657,  658,  665,  694,  702,  2223. 

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Bridesmaid,  700. 

Bridle,  427,  3795,  3819. 

British  Lady,  238. 

Bronchitis,  1126. 

Broom,  239,  240,  565,  566,  1285,  1522,  1524,  1588-1628,  1722,  2014. 
2770,  3825,  3837. 

Brother,  1912,  2216,  2326. 

Brown,  629,  904,  907,  1223,  1421,  2352. 

Buckeye,  See  Horse-chestnut. 

Buggy-riding,  403,  2029. 

Bullet,  734,  2177,  3471,  3775,  3829,  3832,  3881. 

"Bullrock,"  3551. 

Bumble-bee,  1300. 

Burdock  Root,  1384. 

Burn,  235,  237,  331,  332,  345,  348,  413,  415,  544,  567,  785,  799-805, 
1007,  1106,  1108-1113,  1147,  1554,  1555,  1572,  1735,  1781, 
1805,  1806,  1819,  1838-1843,  1853,  1855,  1871,  2119,  2160, 
2337,  2693,  2711,  2712,  2737,  2770,  2907,  2908,  2931,  2980, 
2992,  2993,  2994,  3037,  3078,  3522,  3641,  3686,  3699,  3792, 
3811,  3844,  3877. 

Burning,  544,  807,  808,  1221,  1557,  1558,  1559,  1829,  2036. 

Bury,  367,  468,  772,  774,  778,  779,  781,  880,  981,  1007,  1059,  1076, 
1194,  1214,  1251,  1340,  1354,  1399,  1409,  1430,  1433,  1434, 
1437,  1441,  1444,  1447,  1462,  1470,  1472,  1474,  1479,  1492, 
1518,  1523,  1524,  1527,  1532,  1533,  1539,  1676,  1703,  2176, 
2178,  3079,  3369,  3370,  3504,  3761,  3844,  3863,  3893. 

Bush,  410,  532,  1034,  1154,  1530,  2275. 

Business,  1001,  2760,  2858. 

Butter,  241,  1245,  1671,  1672,  1852,  3044,  3111,  3335-3337,  3791, 
3795-3801. 

Butter-beans,  2254,  2886. 

Butterfly,  242,  290,  1141,  2339,  2488,  3670-3675. 

Buttermilk,  1204,  2375,  2987. 

Buttons,  243,  693,  2064-2071,  2141. 

Buzzard  (turkey-buzzard),  139,  591,  592,  3650-3652. 


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Cabbage,  1365,  1804,  2237,  2256,  2257,  2793,  2922. 

Cake,  241,  244,  246,  263,  693,  1258,  1837,  1846,  1853-1858,  2776. 

Calendar,  1685. 

Calf,  1635,  1660,  2277-2279,  2281,  2340,  2773,  3331,  3334. 

Camphor,  2341-2343. 

Cancer,  1114,  1115. 

Candle,  245-247,  396,  1735-1741. 

Candy,  1435,  2344,  3887. 

Canebrush,  2217,  2326. 

Cap,  248,  508,  2093,  3217,  3273. 

Car,  166,  765,  2223,  3064-3067,  3069-3071,  3073,  3074,  3121,  3126. 

3301. 

Carbon,  1301. 
Carbuncles,  1116,  3611. 

Cards,  42,  249,  250,  1628,  3229-3261    (luck). 
Cat,  144,  251-253,  478,  479,  480,  686,  762,  1117,  1183,  1332,  1333, 

1353,    1442,    1443,    1584,    1913,    1914,    1915,    2346-2351,    3228, 

3268-3317,  3384,  3780,  3806. 
Caterpillar,  2352,  3768. 
Catfish,  3187. 

Cattle,  1251,  1487,  3318,  3319,  3388. 
Caul,  12. 

Cedar,  254,  2975-2980. 
Ceiling,  207,  1386,  3755,  3756,  3841. 
Cellar,  255,  380. 
Cemetery,  See  Graveyard. 

Chair,  239,  256-259,  400,  1630-1642,  3231,  3233,  3234. 
Champagne,  3884. 

Change  of  Garments,  185,  1257,  2114-2118. 
Charcoal,  260,  1077. 
Charm,  516,  614,  910,  1018,  1030,  1113,  1430,  1520,  3122,  3798,  3804, 

3831-3833,  3834,  3837,  3853,  3855. 
Cheek,  261,  1001. 
Chest,  1290,  1420. 
Chestnut,  262,  2826. 

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Chicken,  275,  295,  612,  613,  1119,  1120,  1124,  1170,  1183,  1264, 
1290,  1334,  1342,  1370,  1423,  1449,  1451,  1454,  1455,  2353- 
2367, 2697,  2755,  2789,  2795,  2808,  2809,  2818,  3206,  3242,  3438- 
3441,  3443,  3528-3606,  3785,  3845,  3851,  3936,  3937. 

Chicken  Gizzards,  1247,  1426,  1446,  2359,  2360,  3530,  3531. 

Chickenpox,  1120,  1121. 

Chiggers,  3676. 

Child,  1-104,  211,  302,  362,  688,  786,  894,  1061,  1122,  1143,  1192, 
1240,  1263,  1369,  1371,  1373,  1374,  1375,  1377,  1380,  1388, 
1389,  1391,  1551,  1769,  1916,  1996,  2137,  2700,  2701,  2842, 
3226,  3310,  3699,  3702,  3864.  Also  see  Baby. 

Child-birth,  1-10,  1123. 

Chills,  1124,  3768. 

Chimney,  1072,  1258  (piece),  1260,  1580,  1748  (lamp),  1750,  2368, 
2369,  3553. 

Chin,  844,  845,  1672. 

Cholera,  1125. 

Christ,  357,  2178,  2838. 

Christening,  20,  3884. 

Christmas,  19,  2391,  2403,  2450,  2451,  2452,  2830-2835,  2841,  3592. 

Christmas  Eve,  2836-2839. 

Church,  821,  660,  690,  2821,  3025,  3070,  3778. 

Churn,  1670,  3111,  3336,  3337,  3795,  3798-3801. 

Cigarette,  3916. 

Circles,  944,  945,  1328,  2576,  2578,  2581,  2582,  3687,  3823. 

Clock,  681,  682,  744,  1643-1648,  2168,  3139,  8480. 

Clothes,  50,  272,  327,  441,  524,  597,  667,  707,  711,  1250,  1257,  1417, 
1656,  2034,  2110,  2113,  2114,  2117,  2118,  2310,  2710,  2816, 
2881,  3005,  3061,  3360,  3476-3478,  3507,  3580,  3674,  3680,  3745, 
3815.  See  also  Garment. 

Clouds,  1917,  2214,  2219,  2370-2376,  2455,  2456,  2462,  2463,  2471, 
2485,  2627,  2634,  3120. 

Clover,  158,  159,  266-270,  416,  661,  693,  1104,  2813,  2892-2899. 

Club  feet,  1192. 

Clubs,  249. 

Coal,  1557,  1558,  1559,  2090,  3094-3110,  3708,  3912. 

Coat,  1530,  2025,  3036,  3822. 

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Cobs,  2907,  2908. 

Cobweb,  1071,  2377,  3757. 

Cock,  See  Rooster. 

Coffee,  263,  264,  265,  313,  549,  562,  1447,   1871-1879. 

Coffin,  265,  421,  425,  428,  478,  750,  752,  753,  1918-1920,  2977. 

Coin,  38,  39,  693,  1976,  3014,  3020,  3804. 

Colds,  1126-1137,  1150,  1200  (blister),  1201, 

Colic,  79,  1138,  1139. 

Color,  271,  279,  285,  305,  365,  372,  438,  440,  441,  483,  486,  488, 

489,  505,  507,  511,  512,  524,  634,  2339,  2930,  2966,  3111-3121, 

3505,  3670,  3672,  3758. 
Colt,  2277,  2280-2282,  2294,  2815. 
Comb,  190,  191,  370,  870-879,  1228,  1921,  2072-2079,  2208,  2727, 

2761. 

Combings,  370,  880,  881. 
Comet,  3943. 
Communion,  292. 
Companion,  906,  3042-3049. 

Conjures,  1140,  1457   (verb),  3812,  3848,  3857. 
Consumption,  1141-1148,  1151. 

Cook,  1242  (verb),  1797,  1802,  1830  (noun),  1839,  1840,  2794,  3443. 
Corn,   157,  276,  293,  294,  295,   1087,   1088,   1149    (on  foot),   1152, 

1153,   1154,   1191,   1225    (meal),    1323,   1449-1455,   2241,   2258, 

2259,  2378-2382,  2438,  2900-2921,  3789. 
Cornbread,  296,  391,  2920,  2927. 
Corn-husking,  2914. 
Cornsilk,  2915,  2916,  2918. 
Cotton,  2923,  2924. 
Cow,  106,  549,  1146,  1147,  1155,  1156,  1243,  1667-1672,  2278,  2279, 

2383,  2733,  2838,  3320-3337,  3498-3500,  3694,  3695,  3720,  3722, 

3782,  3790-3804. 
Coward,  135,  939,  3386. 
Cramp,  1059,  1157-1163,  1167. 
Crap  Game,  3135. 
Crawfish,  1450,  2384,  3678. 
Crazy  Bone,  972. 
Cream,  3314. 

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Cream  Puffs,  1906. 

Creek,  1130,  1667. 

Crick,  1164  (in  neck),  1168. 

Cricket,  3679-3684. 

Crops,  2210,  2248,  2398,  2399,  2425,  2438,  2526,  2537,  2598,  2599, 
2866-3013,  3607. 

Cross,  344,  357,  625,  758,  762,  832,  924,  1003,  1032,  1100,  1189, 
1259,  1260,  1331,  1458,  1459,  1542,  1600,  1718,  1776,  1882, 
2217,  2638,  2736,  2836,  3051,  3057,  3152,  3153,  3202,  3205,  3210, 
3223,  3268,  3270-3272,  3274-3276,  3459-3465,  3489,  3490,  3625, 
3638,  3639,  3814,  3879,  3880,  3892,  3924. 

Cross-eyed,  830-834,  3181,  3468,  3473. 

Cross-roads,  1361,  1362,  1363,  1459,  1491. 

Croup,  1126,  1158,  1165,  1166. 

Crow,  131,  2385,  2387,  2909. 

Crowing,  2358,  2361-2367,  2616,  3558,  3559,  3561-3572,  3574-3578, 
3583-3593,  3595-3598. 

Cry,  314,  822,  825,  1043,  1283,  1714,  1715,  1874,  1886,  1922,  1949, 
2278,  2280,  2385,  2499,  2539,  2568,  2603-2605,  2609,  2642, 
2824,  3226,  3607,  3629. 

Cucumbers,  593,  2247,  2260,  2925-2927. 

Cud,  1156,  3329. 

Cumberland  River,  3921. 

Cup,  333,  341,  545,  574,  576,  1672,  1874,  1877-1879. 

Cures,  1059-1550,  3379,  3793,  3835,  3855. 

Curl,  299,  363,  901,  1828,  1829,  2540. 

Cursing,  103,  3197,  3773-3775,  3934. 

Cut,  733,  841,  868,  892,  893,  958,  968,  1069,  1072,  1074,  1076,  1077, 
1119,  1148,  1152,  1175,  1240,  1241,  1243,  1286,  1332,  1333, 
1386  (teeth),  1390,  1393,  1402,  1406,  1407,  1416,  1423,  1450, 
1458,  1466,  1476,  1490,  1491,  1493,  1494,  1510,  1517,  1523, 
1526,  1577,  1863,  2255,  2267-2269,  2275,  2300,  2304,  2316,  2702- 
2710,  2774,  2778,  2798-2801  (hair),  2821,  2829,  3237  (cards), 
3257,  3291,  3367,  3369,  3380,  3476,  3681,  3716,  3761,  3804, 3839. 


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D 

Daddy-Long-Legs,  106,  3694,  3695. 

Daisy,  300,  2851. 

Dance,  301,  699,  1003,  2538,  2671,  2932,  3702. 

Dandelion,  86,  87,  302-304,  1460,  2865,  2928. 

Danger,  1037,  2059,  2689,  2690,  2816,  3043,  3347,  3727,  3846. 

Dark-haired,  904,  1843,  3721. 

Daughter,  99,  436,  1375,  3130,  3279. 

Day,  87,  114,  281,  420,  422,  425,  426,  427,  428,  429,  441,  473, 
475,  503,  529,  537,  575,  625-627,  644,  647,  650,  651-653,  655, 
657,  698,  701,  762,  781,  834,  930,  1038,  1044,  1146,  1148,  1203, 
1208,  1212,  1231,  1296,  1369,  1379,  1433,  1434,  1437,  1493, 
1504,  1631,  1677,  1800,  1858,  1860,  1861,  1948,  2023,  2025, 
2029,  2030,  2085,  2183,  2234,  2264,  2334,  2338,  2339,  2357, 
2361,  2371,  2383,  2385,  2388-2390,  2392,  2393,  2400,  2401, 
2403,  2405,  2406,  2408,  2410,  2412,  2418,  2424,  2430,  2431, 
2435,  2439,  2440,  2442,  2445,  2454,  2457,  2461,  2462,  2465, 
2477,  2479,  2485,  2486,  2488,  2515,  2521,  2538,  2557,  2567, 
2577-2581,  2592,  2596,  2615,  2616,  2627,  2629,  2647,  2648,  2652- 
2654,  2657,  2658,  2678,  2681,  2696,  2699,  2700-2865,  2866,  2867, 
2871,  2905,  3006,  3025,  3039,  3060,  3099,  3137,  3172,  3181, 
3200,  3218,  3219,  3222,  3301,  3444,  3462,  3473,  3543,  3558, 
3564,  3578,  3607,  3689,  3715,  3774,  3797,  3803,  3833,  3947. 

Days  and  Seasons,  2700-2865. 

Dealing  (cards),  3236,  3237,  3244,  3250,  3256-3259. 

Death,  77,  80,  164,  265,  289,  305,  313,  316,  365,  412,  421,  425, 
428,  478,  524,  636,  676,  685,  706,  708-782,  811,  874-876,  878, 
882,  889,  958,  973,  980,  998,  1028,  1040,  1047-1050,  1059,  1067. 
1152,  1180,  1218,  1328,  1352,  1461,  1471,  1545,  1565,  1568, 
1572,  1574-1577,  1581, 1612,  1622,  1635,  1640,  1643-1647,  1649, 
1651,  1652, 1658-1660,  1666,  1681,  1682,  1703,  1704,  1729,  1735, 
1738,  1743,  1747,  1750,  1764,  1824,  1877,  1888,  1904,  1905, 
1912,  1918-1921,  1927,  1928,  1953,  1956,  1964,  1966,  1967, 
1971,  1981,  1991,  1992,  1994,  1998,  2002,  2005,  2013,  2015,  2016, 
2020,  2022,  2024,  2078,  2103,  2119,  2120,  2136,  2165,  2167- 
2169,  2171,  2172,  2175,  2184,  2188,  2189,  2191,  2193,  2194, 

303 


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2196,  2216,  2249,  2268,  2273,  2280,  2491,  2612,  2699,  2712, 
2724,  2779,  2812,  2818,  2823,  2854,  2870,  2872,  2878,  2886", 
2910,  2911,  2915,  2916,  2955,  2956,  2968,  2976-2979,  2988, 
2990,  2991,  2993,  3086,  3073,  3097,  3099,  3100,  3113,  3138-3142. 
3148,  3226,  3228,  3229,  3243,  3264,  3282,  3306,  3307,  3309, 
3310,  3316,  3319,  3320,  3322-3327,  3331,  3340,  3342-3352,  3355, 
3357,  3360,  3390,  3396,  3403,  3418,  3455,  3456,  3458,  3467; 
3475,  3477,  3480,  3497,  3512,  3518-3521,  3567,  3568,  3588. 
3597-3603,  3606,  3608,  3609,  3612,  3613,  3617,  3618,  3620, 
3630,  3632,  3633,  3651,  3653,  3656,  3657,  3665,  3667,  3669, 
3692,  3707-3710,  3760,  3762,  3769,  3771,  3772,  3865,  3869, 
3870,  3872,  3873,  3882,  3895,  3896,  3906. 

December,  617,  2392,  2449,  2533,  2842,  2847,  2851,  2852. 

Deer,  1173,  3784. 

Derby,  3414. 

Devil,  802,  872,  930,  931,  1003,  1035,  1036,  1037,  1461,  1711,  1794, 
1816,  1838,  2187,  2694,  2703,  2762,  3002,  3287,  3426,  3773, 
3774,  3776,  3946. 

Dew,  1205,  1207,  1208,  1212,  2492,  2493-2495,  2810,  2817. 

Dewberry,  1115. 

Dew-claws,  3378. 

Diamonds,  249,  508,  509,  1229,  2852. 

Diarrhoea,  1169. 

Dice,  3260. 

Dimple,  844,  845. 

Diphtheria,  1170. 

Dish,  227,  228,  1779,  1780,  1781,  1831,  2012,  3705. 

Dish  Cloth,  197,  306,  1156,  1354,  1399,  1462,  1463,  1527,  1782- 
1792,  1899. 

Dish  Water,  307,  1122,  1190,  1794. 

Divinations  concerning  Love,  200-615. 

Divining  Rod,  3954. 

Doctor,  see  Physician. 

Dog,  273,  308,  858,  1117,  1142,  1171,  1172,  1173,  1201,  1303, 
1341,  1348,  1464,  2196,  2439  (days),  2496,  2497,  2824,  2825 
(days),  3103,  3177,  3204,  3297,  3338-3386,  3480,  3784,  3870, 
3871. 

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Dog-eater,  3871. 

Dogwood,  1115,  1398,  2433,  2454,  2901,  2981-2988,  3185. 

Dogwood  Winter,  2433,  2454. 

Domestic  Life,  1574-1888. 

Doodle-bug,  3685,  3686. 

Door,  149,  309,  436,  437,  462,  463,  478,  703,  728,  754,  1271,  1333, 
1577,  1592,  1604,  1605,  1609,  1616,  1617,  1622,  1653,  1654, 
1659,  1666,  1680,  1689,  1690,  1692-1696,  1704,  2842,  3804, 
3324,  3355,  3529,  3558-3560,  3563,  3564,  3567,  3568,  3571, 
3572,  3576,  3581,  3597,  3620,  3643,  3742,  8794,  3824,  3828, 
3837,  3862,  3902,  3903. 

Doorstep,  563,  896,  1095,  3367,  3368,  3369,  3370,  3438,  3785. 

Doorway,  1619,  1691,  3345,  3738,  3878. 

Dragon-fly,  3727-3729. 

Dream,  255,  312-326,  433,  434,  439,  518,  519,  523,  524,  536,  552, 
553,  555,  557,  594,  602,  603,  637,  736,  872,  1710,  1794,  1822, 
1823,  1889-2022,  2149,  2232,  2501,  2502,  3080,  3379-3383,  3703. 

Dress,  47,  48,  49,  327-329,  368,  476,  477,  534,  547,  642,  658,  671. 
672,  1566,  1956,  2023-2162,  2220,  2716,  2928,  2930,  3622,  3670, 
3672,  3744,  3770. 

Drinking,  518,  599,  1103,  1133,  1146,  1147,  1148,  1198,  1219,  1236, 
1240,  1247,  1262,  1264,  1265,  1312,  1323,  1337,  1376,  1378, 
1867,  1868,  1874,  1875,  1877,  2198,  2386,  2845,  3215,  3400, 
3854. 

Drunkard,  327,  553. 

Duck,  330,  2503,  2504,  2698,  3614. 

E 
Ear,  21,  331,  332,  402,  799,  800-817,  1013,  1014,  1090,  1175-1179. 

1185,  1200,  1237,  2351,  2694,  2902,  2914,  2918,  3069,  3405, 

3474. 

Earache,  1175-1179. 
Ear-rings,  1068,  1185. 
East,  419,  779,  1115,  1197,  1366,  1702,  2488,  2562,  2614,  2675, 

2678,  2684,  2686,  2687,  2696,  3184. 
Easter,  2425-2429,  2805-2807,  2832. 
Eat,  465,  469,  497,  540,  558,  563,  1046,  1097,  1142,  1258,  1312, 

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1435,  1805,  1821,  1822,  1823,  1825,  1826-1829,  1863,  1864, 

1865,  1931,  2012,  2260,  2502,  2567,  2741,  2793,  2888-2891,  2912, 

2920,  2948,  2951,  3089,  3478,  3507,  3528-3530,  3628,  3680, 

3690,  3794,  3870,  3936. 
Eclipse,  2658. 
Eel,  1304  (skin),  3687. 
Egg,  233,  333,  334,  1139,  1264,  1386,  1465,  1799,  1932-1938,  2413, 

2698,  2717,  2734,  2763,  2818,  3525,  3536-3541,  3545,  3785. 
Egg-shell,  1385,  1555,  1853-1855,  3541,  3546-3549,  3811. 
Eight,  1519,  2361,  2857,  2858,  3133,  3326. 
Eighteen,  182,  485,  2679. 
Elbow,  970,  971. 

Elder,  1169,  1305,  1427,  1671,  2840. 
Eleven,  459,  484,  1042,  2415,  2474,  2475,  3135,  3806. 
Ember  Day,  2821-2823. 
Enemy,  14,  88,  265,  895,  966,  986,  1934,  1987,  2006,  2007,  2176, 

2177,  2178,  2820,  3022,  3712,  3713,  3752. 
Epilepsy,  1181,  1182. 
Erysipelas,  1183,  1184. 
Evil  Eye,  842,  843. 
Eyes,  110,  115,  208,  253,  335,  336,  440,  483,  524,  732,  818-829,  842, 

843,  909,  1134,  1185,  1186-1188,  1355,  1358,  1361,  1497,  1939, 

3108,  3109,  3200,  3399,  3809,  3931. 
Eyebrows,  835-841. 
Eyelash,  175,  176,  337,  338,  841. 
Ezekiel,  XVI  Chapter,  6th  verse  1078,  1096. 


Face,  209,  224,  260,  296,  420,  679,  779,  783-785,  1009,  1010,  1180, 
1203,  1204,  1205,  1207,  1208,  1209,  1369,  1380,  1821,  2178, 
2193,  2201,  2351,  2700,  2769,  2817,  3303-3305,  3314,  3356, 
3693,  3733,  3738,  3827. 

Fairies,  227,  357,  2932. 

Family,  98,  105,  351,  452,  551,  607,  669,  686,  709,  713,  714, 
725,  727,  728,  746-748,  755,  760,  762,  775,  776,  787,  811,  973, 
1048,  1070,  1424,  1555,  1562,  1573-1577,  1581,  1622,  1640,  1644- 

306 


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1647,  1649,  1659,  1666,  1729,  1743,  1750,  1770,  1772,  1824, 
1849,  1912,  1918,  1972,  1997,  2013,  2078,  2167,  2169,  2175, 
2222,  2792,  2812,  2870,  2872,  2910,  2911,  2956,  2978,  2979, 
2988,  2991,  3280,  3288,  3307,  3319,  3320,  3326,  3331,  3340, 
3355,  3360,  3418,  3467,  3497,  3519,  3520,  3559,  3560,  3571, 
3572,  3588,  3593,  3597,  3608,  3621,  3633,  3764,  3832,  3837, 
3867,  3890. 

Father,  99,  1112,  1369,  1507,  2091,  3613. 

Feather,  340,  659,  897,  898,  1120,  1717-1719,  2295,  2354,  2355,  3526, 
3594,  3601-3603,  3630,  3851. 

Feather  Bed,  2691,  2735. 

February,  2392,  2408-2416,  2847,  2851,  2852,  2945,  2958,  2959. 

Feet,  50,  778,  996,  997,  1003,  1006,  1127,  1157,  1163,  1190,  1191, 
1193-1197,  1346,  1404,  1611,  1613-1615,  2290,  2304,  2505,  2506, 
2726,  3411,  3412,  3488,  3528,  3711,  3771,  3774,  3921. 

Fever,  848,  1155,  1198,  1199,  1200  (blister),  1201,  1423-1425,  2953, 
3765-3767  (worm). 

Fifteen,  1241,  2399,  2400,  2430,  2445,  2828,  2965. 

Fifty,  3419,  3448. 

Filipino,  160. 

Filly,  3414. 

Finger,  147,  181,  192,  193,  224,  234,  338,  342,  343,  344,  363,  364, 
802,  831,  832,  843,  936-954,  956,  961,  966,  1059,  1089,  1105, 
1189,  1259,  1298,  1300,  1328,  1329,  1331,  1483,  1515,  1534, 
1542,  1682,  2035,  2061,  2244,  2299,  2952,  3009,  3265,  3274, 
3363,  3422,  3648,  3819,  3879,  3880,  3914,  3924. 

Finger-nails,  51-54,  443-449,  957-968,  1406,  1407,  1466,  2298,  2299, 
2702-2710,  2778. 

Finger  Prints,  944,  945. 

Fire,  334,  345-350,  393,  563,  881,  882,  1073,  1108,  1110,  1111-1113, 
1184,  1374,  1540,  1550-1573,  1618,  1705,  1805,  1806,  1807, 
1838,  1941-1944,  2121,  2226,  2324,  2346-2348,  2507-2510,  2908, 
3110,  3134,  3302,  3346,  3438,  3552,  3556,  3557,  3591,  3686, 
3690,  3699,  3793,  3807,  3858,  3926. 

Fire-fly,  3688-3690. 

Fire-place,  1557,  1558,  1559,  1560,  1570,  2833,  3440,  3837. 

Fish,  352,  417,  1390,  1467,  1676,  1945,  2162,  2290-2292,  2323,  2511, 

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2549,  2719,  2767,  3696,  3729. 
Fishing,  352,  4-17,  3184-3205,  3691,  3729. 
Fishing-bait,  853,  1296,  3188,  3189,  3199,  3691. 
Five,  209,  409,  600,  1435,  1677,  1678,  1877,  2478,  2658,  2897,  2898, 

3040,  3212. 
Flint,  3553. 
Flirt,  1867. 

Flower,  291,  354,  355,  356,  1946,  2243,  2244,  2261,  2513,  2851,  2856, 
Fly  (noun),  2512,  2834,  2850,  3002,  3692,  3693. 
Flying,  1947,  1948,  2355,  2503,  2504,  2535,  2536,  2619,  2620,  2646, 

3493,  3514,  3515,  3516,  3517,  3518,  3520,  3523,  3527,  3608. 

3615,  3632,  3635-3637,  3643,  3650,  3651,  3660,  3663,  3693, 

3699,  3704,  3764. 

Fog,  2406,  2447,  2448,  2453,  2514-2518. 
Fool,  795,  887,  1774,  1999,  3944,  3953. 
Foot,  92,  171,  191,  260,  361,  752,  981-988,  999-1001,  1060,  1128, 

1149,  1166,  1189,  1244,  1252,  1263,  1270-1274,  1423,  1429. 

1481,  1627,  1634,  1903,  2075,  2129,  2133,  2743,  2829,  3034, 

3411,  3412,  3469-3473  (rabbits),  3529,  3821,  3845,  3861,  3918. 
Football,  3182. 

Forehead,  205,  786,  839,  910,  1201,  1226. 

Fork,  358-360,  1764,  1766,  1767,  1768,  1774,  1776,  1872,  3791. 
Fortunes,  see  Divination  concerning  Love. 
Forty,  284,  2234,  2416,  2424,  2439,  2442,  2445,  2681,  2825. 
Forty-eight,  2668,  2681. 
Four,  382,  383,  924,  951,  952,  1146,  1227,  1624,  2389,  2442,  2443; 

2771,  2826,  2827,  2925,  3009,  3258,  3259,  3311,  3412,  3845. 
Four-leaved  Clover,  661,  693,  2813,  2894-2896. 
Fourteenth  of  February,  2859,  2945,  2958. 
Freckles,  1203-1212. 
Freight-train,  165,  3074. 
Friday,  536,  625,  1035,  1139,  1406,  1810,  1893,  1894,  2257,  2465- 

2472,  2700,  2702,  2703,  2707,  2753,  2754,  2762-2772,  2805, 

3472,  3473. 

Frog,  1802,  2489,  2520,  2521. 
Frost,  1111,  1112,  2250,  2257,  2339,  2398,  2399,  2406,  2407,  2410- 

2412,  2421,  2422,  2522-2527,  2557,  2587,  2688,  2885. 

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Frostbite,  1193-1197,  2506,  3213. 

Fruit,  594,  1950,  1951,  1952,  2237,  2262,  2264,  2315,  2325,  2399, 

2421,  2513,  2526,  2572,  2835,  2970-2972. 
Funeral,  80,  289,  524,  708,  754,  757-764,  777,  782,  1059,  1764,  1953, 

2168,  2916,  3348,  3606,  3692. 
Fur,  678,  1195,  2327,  3296. 
Furniture,  75,  1626-1651. 

G 

Garment,  185,  579,  1355,  1565,  2043,  2071,  2103-2105,  2107,  2111, 
2112,  2115,  2116,  2119,  2774,  3476,  3507.  See  also  Clothes. 

Garter,  607,  2130,  2131. 

Ghost,  3289,  3405,  3493,  3859-3882. 

Gift,  3888,  3904. 

Ginseng,  1249. 

Glass,  458,  504,  756,  1695,  1867,  1869,  1870,  2175,  2221,  2489,  3334, 
3803. 

Goat,  1251,  3216,  3387-3389. 

God,  506,  3773-3775,  3929,  3934. 

Goitre,  1214-1218. 

Gold,  117,  333,  504,  691,  859,  861,  942,  1216,  1355,  1468,  2695, 
3416,  3526,  3916. 

Good  Luck,  20,  30,  97,  99,  100,  115,  357,  386,  619,  621,  626,  630, 
634,  641,  646,  652,  653,  655,  656,  661-666,  670,  678,  681,  686- 
688,  695-697,  771,  823,  863,  864,  867,  892,  988,  1000,  1001, 
1021,  1032,  1045,  1578,  1580,  1582,  1583,  1585,  1590,  1592, 
1602,  1608,  1636,  1676,  1730,  1751,  1753,  1845,  1907,  1916, 
1929,  1937,  1945,  1947,  1948,  1950,  1951,  1955,  1957,  1960, 
1962,  1963,  1975,  1977-1979,  2010,  2011,  2018,  2025,  2026, 
2037,  2040,  2054,  2060,  2063,  2064,  2070,  2074,  2075,  2080, 
2087,  2093,  2113,  2114,  2116,  2118,  2128,  2130,  2131,  2159, 
2203,  2207,  2213,  2219,  2224,  2233,  2298,  2704,  2709,  2713, 
2714,  2716,  2730,  2745,  2749,  2755,  2758-2760,  2764,  2765, 
2784-2786,  2796,  2805,  2830,  2853,  2856,  2857,  2858,  2861. 
2882,  2887,  2894,  2897,  2898,  2934,  2935,  2938-2940,  2945,  2970, 
2975,  3002,  3013,  3014,  3017-3021,  3023,  3024,  3028,  3038, 
3039,  3041,  3048,  3064-3067,  3078,  3079,  3096,  3107,  3108, 

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INDEX 

3116,  3121,  3122,  3129,  3130,  3133-3135,  3137,  3162,  3172, 
3173,  3176,  3177,  3188,  3207,  3208,  3216,  3218,  3221,  3225, 
3229,  3231,  3233,  3235,  3236,  3238-3240,  3242-3244,  3246- 
3249,  3258,  3259,  3270,  3276,  3290,  3297,  3299,  3317,  3318, 
3359,  3397,  3401,  3409,  3417,  3427-3433,  3437,  3442,  3450, 
3451,  3453,  3463,  3466,  3468-3472,  3474,  3486,  3489,  3494, 
3506,  3532,  3616,  3642,  3659,  3664,  3675,  3682,  3684,  3695, 
3706,  3724,  3730,  3732,  3745,  3747,  3748,  3753,  3754,  3756, 
3764,  3857,  3893,  3901,  3912-3916,  3918,  3948,  3950,  3952, 
3953. 

Good  Friday,  2423,  2424,  2804,  2883,  2929,  2961. 

Goose,  361,  1469,  2295,  2413  (egg),  2530-2536,  2717,  3615,  3616. 

Goose-grease,  1127,  1350. 

Grandparent,  769,  894,  3704. 

Grapes,  1220,  1470,  2441,  2443,  2827,  2931. 

Grasshopper,  2538,  3697. 

Grave,  718,  769,  744-777,  1471,  1658,  2136,  2968,  2977,  2978,  2990, 
3350,  3351,  3457,  3475,  3865. 

Gravel,  115,  1262  (kidneys),  1357,  1472,  1473,  3918. 

Graveyard,  378,  766,  767,  768,  771,  772,  773,  774,  1442,  1461,  2450. 
2451,  2831,  3290,  3468,  3469,  3471,  3472,  3473,  3821. 

Graveyard  Rabbit,  3468-3473. 

Gray,  629,  639,  905,  1962,  1965,  2479,  2482-2484,  3223,  3421,  3451- 
3453,  3456,  3458,  3605. 

Grease,  1122,  1273,  1313,  1341,  1479,  2284,  2285,  3483. 

Green,  13,  629,  631,  633,  1374,  1484,  1539,  2450,  2831,  2841,  3113, 
3676. 

Ground-hog,  1387,  2414,  2415,  3390. 

Ground-squirrel,  3491,  3492. 

Gun,  1954,  3208,  3212-3214,  3652,  3782. 

Gunpowder,  1123,  3372. 

Gypsy,  3912. 

H 

Hair,  23,  24,  25,  58,  59,  177,  260,  305,  811,  362-370,  387, 
438,  440,  468,  486,  488,  489,  490,  504,  513,  514,  524,  741, 
834,  870-914,  916,  925,  1061,  1132,  1143,  1171,  1177,  1220, 

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1222,  1227,  1228,  1231,  1233,  1284,  1286,  1349,  1366,  1371.. 
1393  (rabbit),  1464  (dog),  1719,  1828,  1829,  2047,  2050,  2074, 
2076,  2208,  2300-2305,  2540,  2727,  2761,  2798-2801,  2811,  3368- 
3370,  3380,  3464,  3482,  3510-3513,  3594,  3782,  3793,  3824, 
3844,  3876. 

Hairpin,  187-189,  371-375,  2044-2050,  2156. 

Hallowe'en,  376-380. 

Hand,  38,  39,  43,  44,  47,  48,  111,  112,  152,  175,  176,  179, 
217,  221,  260,  269,  287,  292,  382,  383,  384,  499,  554,  556,  576, 
588,  681,  682,  700,  787,  842,  846,  890,  920-935,  937,  938,  955, 
956,  1023,  1067,  1076,  1180,  1218,  1226,  1263,  1298,  1404,  1482, 
1486,  1506,  1529,  1537,  1540,  1541,  1545,  1696,  1698,  1748, 
1805,  1834,  1882,  1906,  2062,  2218,  2230,  2231,  2974,  3045, 
3156,  3174,  3192,  3247,  3264,  3409,  3417,  3539,  3599,  3600, 
3631,  3774,  3783,  3784,  3857,  3870,  3887. 

Handkerchief,  381,  429,  609,  664,  1276,  2053,  2425,  3013,  3235, 
3773. 

Happy  Hunting  Ground,  3868. 

Hat,  55,  56,  57,  369,  386,  508,  1219,  2093-2098,  2484,  2921,  2922, 
3172,  3211,  3381,  3770,  3820. 

Hate,  408,  492,  617. 

Haunted,  738,  741,  3262,  3286,  3366,  3404,  3504,  3859-3882  (houses). 

Hawk,  385,  3438-3441,  3443,  3541,  3546,  3551-3557. 

Hawthorn,  2810,  2851. 

Hay,  161,  162,  2850. 

Hay-wagon,  2933,  2935,  3172. 

Hazel  Twigs,  5. 

Head,  49,  50,  55,  56,  57,  150,  158,  340,  364,  366,  367,  387,  4 
523,  524,  536,  548,  787,  814,  891,  897,  900,  915,  1061,  1081? 
1096,  1119,  1143,  1144,  1148,  1175,  1184,  1228,  1230,  1277, 
1281,  1284,  1365,  1393,  1366,  1404,  1408,  1701-1705,  1724, 
1969,  2027,  2033,  2050,  2095,  2097,  2151,  2152,  2178,  2 
2285,  2291,  2358,  2483,  2484,  2543,  2544,  2889,  3146,  3  02, 
3346,  3352,  3355,  3381,  3405,  3464,  3507,  3569,  3571,  S 
3600,  3601,  3661,  3669,  3672,  3696,  3702,  3703,  3735,  3736, 
3746,  3761,  3805,  3818,  3826,  3936,  3942. 

Headache,  1031,  1223-1233,  2132,  2164,  2798,  3511. 

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Hearth,  1679,  3838. 

Hearts,  249,  265,  267,  700,  871,  920,  979,  1621,  2240,  2255,  2260, 

2272,  2280,  2293,  2296,  3532,  3833. 
Heaven,  780,  781,  782,  1955,  3383. 
Heel,  141,  311,  365,  387-390,  488,  661,  662,  1362,  1377,  2232,  3022, 

3847. 

Hell,  731,  1805,  1806,  1838,  2324,  2722,  2762. 
Hemorrhages,  1070-1086. 
Hemp,  1149,  1181. 
Hen,  see  Chickens. 
Herb  Angelica,  1174. 
Hiccough,  1234-1239,  3919,  3920. 
Hives,  1240-1242. 

Hoe,  1658-1661,  1663,  1665,  2735,  2877,  2878,  3683. 
Hog,   317,   392,    1090,    1164,    1213,    1278,    1388,    1401,    1896,    1959, 

2281-2288,  2541-2547,  2912,  3391-3400. 
Hollow  Horn,  1243,  3330. 
Holly,  393,  2851. 
Hollyhocks,  2936. 
Holy  Ghost,  1112,  1507. 
Honey-Bee,  1066,  3663-3665. 
Honeysuckle,  2851. 
Hoodoo  3836,  3840-3850. 
Hops,  1338,  1417. 
Hornet,  2550,  2551. 
Horse,    145-147,    151,    279-288,    318,   403,   427,    638-640,    760,    761, 

1107,    1221,    1244,    1274,    1402,    1403,    1673,    1960-1966,    2277, 

2294,   2548,    2549,    2800,    2984,    2993,    3223,    3387-3389,    3401- 

3427,  3450,  3471,  3782,  3786-3789,  3795,  3819. 
Horse-chestnut,  1224,  1288,  1299,  2887,  2888,  2889. 
Horsehair,  503,  1475,  3444. 
Horse-racing,  321 5-3224. 
Horseshoe,    148-150,   394,    395,    665,    1308,    3406,   3407,    3428-3443, 

3556,  3796,  3797. 
Hotel,  3075,  3076. 

Household   Superstitions,   1574-1888,  2168,  3618,  3632. 
Human  Vitality,  3922,  3923. 

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INDEX 

Humidity,  2525,  2552-2555. 

Humpback,  340,  3221. 

Human  Body,  783-1025. 

Hundred,  277,  278,  280-282,  285,  286,  288,  512,  2063,  2882,  2917, 
3088,  3147-3151,  3410,  3416-3419,  3446-3448,  3452,  3648. 

Hunting,  1673,  3206-3215,  3374. 

Husband,  228,  231,  234,  243,  245,  258,  260,  266,  277,  285,  286,  296, 
305,  308,  312,  327,  840,  346,  347,  353,  359,  365,  372,  374,  378, 
379,  396,  419,  421,  423,  427,  429,  430,  432,  437,  441,  471,  476, 
486,  490,  505,  507,  508,  514,  519,  523,  524,  553,  554,  555, 
557,  563,  564,  567,  594,  608,  621,  636,  697,  703,  904,  1675, 
1839,  2099.  See  also  Marriage. 

Hydrophobia,  1172,  1173,  3348,  3378. 

I 

Illness,  1117,  1122,  2000,  3855,  3856,  3900. 

Image,  516,  676,  2162-2195. 

Incantation,  96,  1114,  1328. 

Increase  in  the  Family,  1770,  1849,  1972,  3571. 

Indian,  2575,  3553,  3868. 

Indigestion,  1246-1250,  1846,  3329. 

Initial,  216,  234,  258,  295,  423,  424,  450,  476,  500,  501,  532,  609, 

3026,  3089,  3615. 
Insect,  397,  898,   1351,   1379,  2240,  2260,  2556,  2924,  2927,  2950, 

3005,  3660-3772. 
Intestines,  1344,  1446. 

Irish  Potato,  1124,  1242,  1314,  1418,  2239,  2241,  2952. 
Iron,  1254,  1675,  2046,  2725,  3556,  3958. 
Itch,  335,  584,  788,  789-797,  806,  809,  810,  818-823,  849-852,  900,  918, 

919,  932-935,  981-984,  1060,  1255-1257,  2382,  2506,  2626,  8174. 

J 

Jack-o'-Lantern,  3822,  8949. 

January,  617,  2390,  2392,  2405-2407,  2593,  2791,  2847,  2851,  285S. 

Jaundice,  1258. 

Jaw,  1259,  3506  (bone),  3507. 

Jaw-tooth^  8.64,  1401,  1994. 

813 


INDEX 

Jealousy,  291,  629,  840,  1983,  2847. 

Jews,  3936,  3937. 

Jewelry,  2060,  3240. 

Jimson  Weed,  828,  1347. 

"Job's  Tears/'  1217,  1389. 

"Job's  Trouble,"  1728. 

Journey,  966,  1922,  2730,  2731,  2754,  3034-3077,  3361,  3458.  See 

also  Traveler. 
Judas  Iscariot,  2954. 
Judgment  Day,  1967,  2722. 
July,  617,  2434,  2440-2445,  2826,  2847,  2850,  2851,  2852,  2866, 

2925,  2926,  2998,  2999,  3505. 
June,  617,  619,  621-623,  2269,  2434-3438,  2533,  2818-2820,  2847; 

2850,  2851,  2852,  3544. 

K 

Katydid,  2557,  2824. 

Kentucky  Cardinal,  3642,  3643. 

Kentucky  Derby,  3414. 

Kill,  722,  723,  730,  1084,  1170,  1172,  1193,  1195,  1323,  1334,  1342, 
1343,  1442,  1443,  1720,  1927,  2007,  2257,  2262,  2265,  2269, 
2271,  2284-2288  (hogs),  2293,  2312,  2421,  2533,  2545,  2546, 
2639,  2640  (snake),  2647,  2648  (spider),  2660,  2697,  2822, 
2834  (fly),  3101,  3103,  3213,  3267,  3285-3287,  3289,  3290, 
3338,  3365,  3366,  3396  (hogs),  3399,  3445,  3466,  3469,  3473, 
3481,  3495-3499,  3501,  3508,  3593,  3600,  3611,  3634,  3547, 
3652,  3654,  3658,  3662,  3679-3681,  3692,  3694,  3695,  3698, 
3700,  3707,  3712,  3715,  3622,  3728,  3731-3734,  3740,  3750, 
3752,  3762,  3767,  3782,  3796,  3831,  3833,  3854,  3865,  3881, 3937. 

Kiss,  15,  134,  319,  323,  399-403,  474,  492,  493,  499,  585,  696,  697, 
795,  848,  849,  850,  851,  887,  970,  990,  1037,  1038,  1039,  1201, 
1253,  1477,  1788,  1830,  2030,  2220,  2768,  2893,  3063,  3246, 
3258,  3259. 

Kitchen,  173,  570,  1585,  3566,  3614. 

Knee,  1549,  2281,  2839. 

Knife,  120,  358,  404,  405,  1074,  1075,  1093,  1095,  1414,  1493,  1751, 
1757-1760,  1763,  1765,  1775,  1776,  1872,  1873,  3133. 

314 


INDEX 

Knock,  503,  548,  1129,  1674,  1693,  2174,  2973,  3705,  3867  (spirits), 

3869,  3900  (on  wood),  3942. 
Knot,  254,  381,  577,  579,  595,  1198  (pine),  527,  1528,  1540,  1681 

(thread),  3622,  3954. 

L 

Ladder,  406. 

Lady  Bug,  3698,  3699. 

Lamb,  2419,  2420,  3488. 

Lamp,  1742-1750,  2558,  3808. 

Lard,  1242,  1244,  1256,  2286,  2288,  3483. 

Lawyer,  3132. 

Lead,  1082,  1083,  1103,  1310. 

Leather,  969,  1161,  1221,  2142. 

Left,  329,  332,  395,  441,  513,  536,  662,  790,  800,  801,  804,  807, 
822,  823,  918,  927,  928,  929,  937,  938,  981,  982,  985,  986, 
987,  999,  1022,  1025,  1030,  1089,  1142,  1149,  1263,  1277,  1297, 
1411,  1463,  1491,  1505,  1812,  2126,  2130-2133,  2144,  2207, 
2212,  2232,  2368,  2989,  3013,  3056,  3086,  3096,  3247,  3271, 
3272,  3426,  3431,  3461-3463,  3465,  3468,  3469,  3471-3473,  3492, 
3507,  3539,  3624,  3765,  3880. 

Left-hand,  927-931,  2757. 

Leg,  1024,  1025,  1142,  1159,  1167,  1189,  1402,  1549,  1631,  1632, 
2278,  2281,  2282,  2285,  2319,  3239,  3468,  3708,  3839. 

Lemons,  218,  1478. 

Lend,  see  Borrowing. 

Lesson,  89,  90,  91,  92,  93,  94,  3491-3492. 

Letter,  258,  265,  384,  408,  423,  456,  476,  500,  532,  689,  818,  898, 
916,  934,  1035,  1039,  1054,  1400,  1655,  1739,  1860-1864,  1866, 
1965,  1968,  2014,  2027,  2028,  2044,  2065,  2067,  2068,  2127, 
2703,  2746,  2892,  3078-3093,  3637,  3640,  3663,  3733-3737,  3751, 
3757. 

Lie  (noun),  854,  855,  967,  1026,  1027,  1358,  1359,  1749,  2106,  3919, 
3920. 

Lightning,  1412,  1572-1573,  1669,  1799,  2559-2564,  2691-2693,  2985, 
3313,  3408. 

Lilac,  409. 

315 


INDEX 

Lip,  849-852,  1012,  1085,  1091. 

Liver,  1263,  1344,  2543,  2544. 

Lizard,  763,  3700,  3758. 

Locker,  3171,  3176. 

Locust,  2270,  2565,  2566,  2900,  2906,  2985,  2986,  3701. 

Log,  320,  1560,  1561,  2983,  3079,  3378,  3929. 

Lost  Articles,  105-120. 

Louse,  82,  1969,  3702,  3703. 

Lover,  214,  267,  832,  336,  337,  348,  352,  371,  381,  415,  420,  424, 
438,  440,  442,  457,  509,  542,  582,  584,  585,  589,  595,  597, 
888,  994,  995,  1239,  3853,  3958.  See  also  Sweetheart  and  Hus- 
band. 

Luck,  see  Bad  Luck  and  Good  Luck. 

Lye,  1147,  1158,  1258,  2321. 

M 

Mackerel  Sky,  2628,  2729. 

Mad  Dog,  1178,  3348,  3377,  8878,  3379. 

Mad-stone,  1173. 

March,  617,  618,  1187,  2249,  2267,  2808,  2309,  2399,  2408,  2417- 
2422,  2798-2803,  2847,  2851,  2852. 

Mare,  638,  639,  640,  2630. 

Marriage,  616-707,  903,  904,  927,  938,  951,  1004,  1856,  1614,  1615, 
1675,  1760,  1764,  1838,  1839,  2084,  2099,  2152,  2195,  2694, 
2703,  2759,  2846,  2847,  2896,  2915,  3027,  8279,  8280,  3305, 
3524.  Prospective  Marriage  200-615.  See  also,  Husband  and 
Wife. 

Mascot,  3177. 

Mast,  2487,  2452. 

Match,  418-415,  617,  1288,  3037,  8127,  3876. 

May,  416-420,  422-429,  617,  620,  1206,  1207,  1208,  1245,  2268, 
2269,  2406,  2409-2412,  2422,  2431,  2432,  2808-2817,  2847, 
2850,  2851,  2852,  2867,  2905,  2923,  8004-8008,  3835. 

Meadow-lark,  282. 

Measles,  923,  1265. 

Meat,  705,  1347,  1479,  1570,  1821-1824,  2287,  2289,  3267,  8371, 
3872,  3394,  8395,  3604. 

316 


INDEX 

Melon,  1209,  2247,  2920  (musk),  3003-3009  (water  melon). 
Menstruating,  975,  1264. 
Meteor,  128,  129. 

Mice,  886,  2568,  3104,  3477,  3478,  3484. 

Midnight,  379,  396,  608,  768,  1442,  1461,  1519,  1646,  2116,  2123, 
2362,  2363,  2489,  2715,  2838,  2840,  2842,  2843,  3290,  3307^ 
3338,  3340,  3341,  3469,  3471,  3473,  3591,  3621,  3865,  3922. 
Milkweed,  1266,  1480,  3333. 
Mines,  3094-3110. 

Minister,  42,  321,  1510,  3132,  3778. 
Mirror,  60,  61,  62,  63,  64,  65,  379,  380,  418,  419,  420,  421, 

430,  431-434,  674-677,  743,  879,  2179-2195,  3309,  3357. 
Miscellaneous  Superstitions,  3883-3954. 
Misfortune,  702,  1717,  1718,  2133,  2139,  3905. 
Mistletoe,  435-437,  2571. 
Mocking  Bird,  386. 

Mole  (an  animal),  1105,  1252,  1391,  1404,  1405,  2951,  3685. 
Mole  (flesh  mark),  1008-1025,  1266,  1267. 

Monday,  447,  625,  1035,  1036,  1037,  2417,  2457,  2458,  2460-2462, 
2469,  2700,  2702-2705,  2709,  2713,  2718,  2724,  2738-2755,  2771. 
Money,  38-44,  69,  118,  123,  129,  322,  653,  662,  732,  797,  820,  918, 
941,  944,  945,  1013,  1015,  1017,  1024,  1392,  1511,  1555,  1675, 
1875,  1876,  1914,  1932,  1973-1978,  2069,  2076,  2147,  2207, 
2219,  2227,  2228,  2229,  2758,  2771,  2793,  2794,  3014-3033,  3037, 
3040,  3088,  3220,  3261,  3410,  3416,  3420,  3446-3449,  3696, 
3703,  3746,  3749,  3801,  3818.  See,  also,  Wealth. 
Moon,  121-125,  183,  438,  439-441,  656,  1193,  1367,  1413,  1443, 
1481-1483,  1979-1981,  2196-2326,  2398,  2472,  2497,  2573-2594, 
2655,  2711,  3413,  3468,  3470,  3471,  3775,  3821,  3868. 
Moonlight,  1529,  2196,  2198-2200,  2210,  2292,  3290,  3470. 
Moonstone,  2054,  2852. 
Moth,  2309,  3704. 
Mother,  54,  86,  100,  101,  102,  104,  874,  1011,  2091,  2136,  2278. 

2847,  3148,  3226. 
Mother-in-law,  1870. 
Motorman,  3069,  8071. 
Mouth,  26,  846,  864,  887,  1050,  1112,  1134,  1259,  1328,  1370,  1372, 

317 


INDEX 

1373,  1374,  1375,  1414,  1824,  2105,  3184,  3772,  3779. 
Move,  1581-1594,  2307,  2713,  2728,  2729,  2772,  2802,  3328. 
Mulberry,  1367,  2986,  2987. 
Mule,  151,  152,  286,  287,  288,  1982,  2277,  2595,  2993,  3415,  3445- 

3458. 

Mulleia,  422,  1126,  1262. 
Murder,  745,  838,  2326,  3125,  3253,  3864. 
Music,  713,  2690,  3911. 

N 

Nails  (of  the  finger  or  toe),  51-54,  443-449,  957-968,  1269,  1406, 
1407,  1466,  2298,  2299,  2702-2710,  2778. 

Nails  (metal),  153,  394,  395,  1244,  1270-1274,  1308,  1408,  1485, 
2045,  2046,  2596,  3442,  3443,  3833,  3948. 

Neck,  59,  516,  542,  748,  917,  1015,  1016.  1062,  1083,  1084,  1087, 
1088,  1131,  1135,  1150,  1164,  1168,  1182,  1192,  1217,  1229, 
1278,  1279,  1292,  1295,  1304,  1311,  1326,  1360,  1379,  1381, 
1382,  1384,  1388,  1389,  1391,  1392,  1404,  1545,  1546,  1547. 
2128,  2939,  3020,  3470,  3508,  3601-3603,  3912. 

Necklace,  1216,  1389,  1397,  1983. 

Neckties,  277-280,  283-285,  372,  505,  507,  508,  510,  511,  512. 

Needle,  113,  673,  693,  1454,  1684,  2042,  2043. 

Negro,  118,  771,  791,  829,  833,  890,  891,  902,  1005,  1177,  1556, 
1771,  1823,  1984-1987,  2597,  2693,  2751,  2752,  2783,  3066, 
3112,  3118,  3150,  3151,  3454,  3455,  3468,  3473,  3821,  3846, 
3851,  3858,  3876,  3924,  3929,  3930. 

Nettle,  1488,  2938. 

Neuralgia,  1275-1279. 

New  Year's  Day,  2781-2795,  2830,  2841. 

New  Year's  Eve,  2843,  3263. 

New  York,  1763. 

Nightmare,  1280,  1281. 

Nine,  434,  448,  449,  463,  478,  488,  497,  498,  549,  556,  557,  801, 
1107,  1145,  1154,  1203,  1207,  1234,  1235,  1262,  1275,  1330, 
1353,  1373,  1379,  1884,  1433,  1434,  1437,  1440,  1473,  1489, 
1495,  1543,  2102,  2923,  2953,  3080,  8134,  3312,  3444,  3590, 
3774,  3775,  3833,  3835. 

818 


INDEX 

Nineteen,  510,  3008. 

Ninety-nine,  287,  3146,  3147. 

Noon,  2366,  2367,  2470,  2611,  3584. 

North,  1111,  1112,  1115,  1701,  2541,  2559,  2560,  2588,  2595,  2667, 

2685,  3184. 
Nose,  272,  363,  401,  451,  745,  788,  789,  790-798,  838,  1080-1083, 

1086,  1087,  1089,  1091-1093,  1095,  1107,  1277,  1336,  2196,  2346, 

2347,  2721,  2722,  3338. 

Nose-bleed,  1084,  1085,  1088,  1090,  1094,  1096. 
November,  617,  2847,  2849,  2851,  2852. 
Number,  259,  288,  293,  302,  304,  342,  394,  395,  406,  417,  487,  500, 

503,  532,  576,  592,  775,  786,  1644,  2068,  2069,  2181,  2403, 

2407,  2411,  2453,  2534,  2564,  2579,  2865,  3122-3151,  3255, 

3437,  3479,  3537,  3540. 
Nut,  2598,  2599,  2649,  2696,  2826. 
Nutmeg,  1097,  1250,  1279,  1292,  1311,  1360,  2939. 

O 

Oak,  1210,  1485,  2902,  3107. 
Ocean  Voyage,  3060. 

October,  617,  619,  2399,  2448,  2847,  2848,  2851,  2852,  3868. 
Odd  Numbers,  294,  2764,  3218,  3222,  3537. 
Old  Christmas,  2391,  2452,  2715,  2835,  2839,  2840. 
Old  Maid,  241,  251,  263,  264,  428,  452,  470,  480,  601,  928,  1055.. 

2997,  3143,  3292. 
Onions,  453,  1129,  1178,  1283,  1339,  1425,  1553,  1803,  1826,  2263, 

2940. 

Opal,  2055,  2056,  2852. 
Orange,  666,  2941. 
Owl,  412,  2600-2602,  3617-3628. 
Oyster,  2844,  3706. 

P 

Pain,  1007,  1059,  1064,  1325,  1335,  1336,  1337,  1347,  1349,  1357, 

1382,  1885,  1391,  1549,  2177. 
Pain  in  the  Side,  1335-1337. 
Palate,  883,  1284. 

319 


INDEX 

Palm,  918  (of  Hand),  919,  935,  1127,  3734. 

Palmistry,  454. 

Paper,  451-460,  604,  1091,  1223,  1386,  1419,  1420,  1421,  1490,  1491, 

1508,  1978  (money),  2737,  3088,  3483. 
Parsley,  2942,  2943. 
Partridge,  2335,  3628. 
Passenger  Train,  2122,  3073. 
Peas,  462,  463,  2237,  2945,  2958. 
Peach,  2987. 

Peach-tree,  593,  1428,  1492-1494,  2274,  2988. 
Peacock,  659,  2603-2605,  3114,  3629,  3630. 
Pearl,  629,  635,  2057-2060,  2065. 
Penny,  1194,  1347,  1495,  1756,  2066,  3317. 

Pepper,  1140,  1819,  1820,  2946,  2947,  3843,  3845,  3847,  3848. 
Persimmon-tree,  1115,  1496. 
Petals,  300,  409,  515. 
Petticoat,  477,  2091. 
Phthisic,  1285-1287. 

Physician,  7,  685,  3132,  3226,  3855  (hoodoo),  3856. 
Piano,  2606. 

Pickle,  252,  323,  324,  465,  466,  1801,  1827,  2323. 
Picture,  425,  467,  468,  729,  742,  2163-2178,  3169,  3519,  3829-3833, 

3860. 

Pie,  198,  469-471,  1859-1866,  3089. 
Pig,  see  Hog. 
Pigeon,  3631-3633. 
Piles,  1288,  1289. 
Pillow,  69,  226,  317,  432,  434,  438,  455,  467,  536,  594,  863,  1338, 

1641,  1717,  1718,  1896,  2232,  3380,  3382. 
Pin,  178-180,  396,  473-478,  712,  936,  1283,  1331,  1444,  1497-1502, 

1533,  2023-2041,  2124,  2125,  2694. 
Pine,  1063,  1198,  1261,  2990,  2991. 
Pink,  629,  2373,  3505. 

Pitcher,  2674,  3161  (baseball),  3164-3168. 
Plant,  889,  1034,  1509,  1666,  2210,  2235-2245,  2248,  2253,  2254, 

2256-2258,  2260,  2263,  2264,  2398,  2688,  2866,  2867,  2869-2876, 

2879,  2880,  2882-2884,  2901-2905,  2910,  2911,  2923-2927,  2929, 

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2937,  2942,  2945-2947,  2949-2951,  2956,  2958-2961,  2908,  2979, 

2990,  2991,  2995-3008. 
Pneumonia,  1290. 
Pocket-book,  2229,  3706,  3749. 
Pokeberries,  1312,  2948. 

Poison,  1291,  2888,  2948,  2986,  3112,  3726,  3758,  3759. 
Poison  Oak,  3930. 
Poplar,  59,  1409. 
Poppy,  2851. 

Porch,  1575,  1623, 1665,  3284,  3573,  3574,  3671. 
Pork,  1137,  1345. 

Post,  590,  1061,  1143,  2314,  3042-3045. 
Posterior  Part,  976,  3375. 
Post  Office,  898,  2027,  2067. 

Potato,  1316,  1504-1506,  2238,  2239-2241,  2949-2952,  3534. 
Poultice,  1102,  1225,  1347. 
Powder,  583,  2575,  3854. 
Prayers,  1711,  1925,  2821,  2839,  3898. 
Preacher,  see  Minister. 
President  McKinley,  3760. 
Preventives,  1059-1550. 
Prison,  1595,  1596,  1597,  3506. 
Proposal,  301,  375,  506. 
Pullet,  1264,  2795,  3538. 
Purgatory,  3898. 

Q 

Quarrel,  794,  1555,  1562,  1563,  1731,  1733,  1734,  1811,  1812,  1870, 

1873,  1985,  2170,  2847,  3042,  3043,  3046,  3091,  3928. 
Quilt,  312,  479,  480,  1728,  1729,  1899. 

R 

Rabbit,  853,  1193,  1195,  1196,  1393,  1394,  2609,  2860,  3205,  3272, 

3276,  3459-3475,  3821,  3845. 
Railroad,  481-486,  2122,  2634,  3031,  3072,  3073. 
Rain,  487,  489,  644,  645,  646,  647,  649,  650,  720,  776,  1517,  1926, 

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2234,  2328-2332,  2335-2338,  2340,  2341,  2343-2347,  2351,  2353- 
2357,  2361,  2362,  2366,  2370-2373,  2375-2378,  2382,  2386,  2400, 
2401,  2417,  2425,  2426,  2430,  2434-2437,  2439-2446,  2454-2456, 
2458-2461,  2464,  2467-2469,  2471,  2472,  2474,  2475,  2477,  2483, 
2485,  2487,  2488,  2490,  2491,  2494-2496,  2500,  2501,  2505, 
2506,  2511,  2512,  2514,  2518,  2521-2523,  2529,  2534,  2538-2540, 
2548,  2552-2555,  2558,  2559,  2561,  2567-2570,  2576,  2579-2582, 
2584,  2585,  2590,  2596,  2597,  2600,  2604,  2605,  2607,  2608, 
2609,  2611,  2615,  2616,  2621-2627,  2630,  2635,  2636,  2638-2641, 
2643,  2647,  2648,  2651-2656,  2658,  2660-2665,  2670-2676,  2678, 
2680,  2687,  2694,  2804,  2805,  2811,  2826,  2827,  2999,  3495, 
3761. 

Rainbow,  490,  2610-2615,  2695. 

Raincrow,  2331,  2616,  3634. 

Rain  Water,  1372,  1472. 

Rats,  885,  3105,  3106,  3477-3486,  3840. 

Rattlesnake,  9,  1148,  1182,  1202,  1322,  1323,  1345,  3723-3725,  3816. 

Razor,  733,  1241,  2198. 

Red,  274-278,  280,  283,  284,  289,  374,  510,  629,  633,  636,  799,  800, 
834,  911,  1008,  1086,  1087,  1140,  1276,  1277,  1306,  1320,  1328, 
1346,  1451,  1540,  2204,  2379,  2479-2484,  2699,  2914,  2915, 
3088,  3115,  3557,  3843,  3845,  3847,  3848. 

Redbird,  133-138,  493-496,  2617-2620,  3635-3645. 

Redbuds,  497,  2954. 

Red-headed,  771,  2787,  2946,  3065,  3116-3118,  3423-3425,  3454,  3468. 

Red-hot,  3557,  3627,  3796. 

Reflection,  426,  756,  1672,  2203,  2486,  2507,  2812,  3334. 

Relative,  462,  742,  1501,  1915,  1942,  1998,  3589,  3644. 

Rheumatism,  1293-1327,  2160,  2199,  2621,  2622. 

Rhyme,  498-501,  1515,  3135,  3685. 

Ribbon,  248,  1321. 

Rice,  688. 

Rich,  see  Wealth. 

Right  Hand,  932-934. 

Ring,  116,  127,  181,  182,  502-512,  684,  690,  69S,  702,  811,  915,  956, 
1077,  1162,  1297,  1298,  1308,  1S10,  1319,  1355,  1356,  1368, 
1441  (bone),  1468,  1516,  2055,  2056,  2061,  2062,  2063,  2576- 

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2583  (around  moon),  2586,  2590,  2655,  3126  (bell),  3668,  3819, 

3909. 

Ring-worm,  1328,  1329,  1330. 
Robin,  232,  513,  2364,  3646-3648. 
Rock,  see  Stone. 
Rocking-chair,  1639-1641. 
Roof,  487,  1898,  3657. 
Rooster,  1451,  1454,  2358,  2361-2367,  2795,  2808,  3538,  3539,  3558- 

3572,  3574-3579,  3583-3593.     See  also  Chicken. 
Rose,  515,  623,  692,  1946,  2955. 
Rubber,  2161,  3877. 
Rug,  678,  1516,  1686,  1687,  2624. 

S 

Sage,  1373  (buds),  1374,  2956. 
Sailor,  740,  2480,  2481,  2549,  2611,  2627. 
Saliva,  see  Spit. 
Salt,  1,  333,  517-519,  663,  1137,  1140,  1243,  1254  (of  steel),  1345, 

1508,  1566,  1585-1587,  1806-1818,  5323,  5625,  3524,  3649, 

3837,  3845. 

Sand,  2330,  2762,  3931. 

Sassafras,  1115,  1509,  1510,  1781,  2322,  2992,  2993. 
Saturday,  446,  453,  539,  591,  625,  626,  1035,  1894,  1895,  2233,  2234, 

2289,  2466,  2473,  2700,  2702,  2703,  2772-2779,  3645. 
"Scarify,"  1240. 
School  Book,  89-94. 
Scissors,  186,  1167,  1761,  2723. 
Season,  289,  290,  311,  1890,  1952,  2329,  2370,  2393,  2513,  2680, 

2683,  2700-2865,  2916,  2930,  2969,  3214,  3690. 
Second  Sight,  12. 
Seeds,  87,  302-304,  580,  581,  1396,  1454  (wart),  2210,  2211,  2260, 

2865,  2868,  2874,  2875,  2876,  2907,  2908  (corn),  2923,  2926, 

2928,  2941,  2956,  2999,  3002,  3006. 
September,  617,  2399,  2847,  2851,  2852. 
Seven,  114,  295,  389,  481,  482,  553,  554,  555,  561,  604,  675,  1042, 

1065,  1105,  1212,  1375,  1449,  1455,  1468,  1493,  1512,  1515, 

2179,  2426,  2474,  2475,  2582,  2678,  2899,  3000,  3129,  3135, 

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3178,  3285,  3310,  3326,  3444,  3866. 
Seventeen,  2401,  2440,  2860,  2986,  3701. 
Seventh,  1375,  1512,  3000,  3130,  3131,  3132,  3178,  3866. 
Sew,  368,  1243,  1683,  2071,  2103,  2106,  2107,  2109,  2721-2724. 
Sex,  269,  317,  331,  437,  463,  484,  554,  572,  588,  970,  2294,  2795. 
Shadow,  2162,  2189,  2414,  2415. 
Sharp  Instrument,  1754-1756. 
Sheep,  1265,  2201,  3487,  3488,  3917. 
"Sheep-nanny,"  1265. 

Shingles,  980,  1332-1334,  2318  (of  house). 
Shirt,  1419,  1675,  2319,  3622. 
Shoe,  159,  266,  268,  269,  374,  388,  425,  521-529,  661,  687,  699,  1163, 

1281,  1317,  2002,  2003,  2129-2142,  2146-2160,  3341,  3347,  3623- 

3626,  3805,  3840-3843. 
Shoe-string,  2143-2145. 
Shooting,  716,  2177,  2202,  2293,  3208,  3213,  3321,  3773,  3775,  3829- 

3832,  3881,  3934. 

Shot,  1101,  1909,  2004,  3213,  3468,  3471,  3783. 
Shoulder,  104,  124,  125,  148,  156,  176,  179,  180,  183,  189,  203,  395, 

431,  441,  553,  916,  1030,  1083,  1241,  1363,  1411,  1463,  1481, 

1491,  1505,  1812,  2025,  2037,  2192,  2207,  2212,  2213,  2228, 

2989,  3013,  3056,  3426,  3431,  3675,  3737,  3765. 
Shovel,  392,  519,  2090. 
Sidewalk,  461,  3810. 
Sifter,  3827,  3828. 
Sigh,  979,  2510. 

Signet  Ring,  507,  508,  509,  510. 
Silence,  563,  3794,  3868,  3940. 
"Silent  Supper,"  563,  564,  3870. 
Silk,  289,  1091,  1268,  1276,  1292,  1321,  1476,  1513. 
Silver,  1085,  1319,  1977,  2177,  2850,  3021,  3775,  3802-3804,  3818, 

3819,  3829,  3832,  3836,  3849,  3850,  3881. 
Sing,  549,  713,  1716,  1762,  1885-1887,  2332,  2637,  2659,  3050,  3653, 

3684,  3702,  3911. 
Sister,  607,  699,  1912,  2216. 
Six,  375,  604,  1096,  1258,  2414,  2427,  2437,  2926,  2950,  2964,  3097, 

3451,  3845. 

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Sixteen,  509,  1096,  3445. 

"Skew-ball,"  2914. 

Skin,  1104,  1193,  1195,  1241,  1304  (eel),  1322,  1823  (snake),  1419, 

2952,  3107,  3611,  3723,  3816. 

Skirt,  184,  530-533,  535,  2080,  2085,  2086,  2091,  3238,  3915. 
Skunk,  1158,  1313. 
Sky,  2482,  2627-2631. 
Sleep,  226,  312,  333,  432,  433,  467,  506,  523,  540,  588,  594,  602,  604, 

922,  1046, 1280,  1303,  1338,  1542,  1702,  1719,  1727,  1896-1899, 

2021,  2199,  2200,  2201,  2346,  3080,  3168,  3283,  3310,  3880-3388, 

3508,  3544,  3562,  3826,  3827,  3918,  3931,  3942. 
Small-pox,  1151,  1339. 
Smoke,  537,  1136,  1138,  1179,  1277,  1488,  2005,  2632-2637,  3127, 

3854,  3916,  3925,  3926. 

Snail,  422-424,  1145,  1146,  1154,  1895,  1514. 
Snake,  265,  538,  1148,  1343,  2006-2008,  2395,  2638-2641,  2987,  8118, 

3444,  3707-3726,  3758,  3842,  3861. 
Snake-bite,  1340-1345. 
"Snake-doctor,"  3727. 
Snake-rattle,  1231,  3724,  3725. 
Sneeze,  77,  539,  541,  1035-1058,  1888. 
Snow,  652,  653,  1118,  1166,  1187,  1188,  2009,  2333,  2396,  2402, 

2403,  2409,  2418,  2446-2448,  2453,  2497,  2501,  2506,  2508, 

2509,  2524,  2583,  2592,  2637,  2643-2645,  2657,  2668,  2832, 

2863,  3011. 

Soles,  1127,  1421,  1423,  2142,  2148. 
Soot,  224,  1072,  1073,  1100,  1260,  1569,  1570. 
Sore,  854,  980,  1132,  1185-1188,  1190,  1260,  1272,  1274,  1332,  1346, 

1347,  1348,  1387,  1389,  3711. 
Sorrel,  1963. 

Soul,  764,  778,  780,  3898. 
South,  2405,  2535,  2536,  2563,  2589,  2591,  2594,  2681,  2682,  2684, 

2687,  2828,  3184,  3615. 
Sow,  see  Plant. 
"Sow-bug,"  1130,  1258,  1379. 
Spades,  249,  1658,  1663. 
Spell,  2112,  3022,  3026,  8783,  3784,  3881. 


INDEX 

Spendthrift,  39,  943. 

Spider,  542,  641,  642,  1069,  1232,  2647,  2648,  3730-3760,  3808. 

Spin,  942,  1628,  2770,  3738,  3745,  3749,  3755,  3776,  3798. 

Spirit,  730,  738,  741,  782,  846,  1712,  2837,  2839,  3262,  3504,  3704, 
3820,  3859-3882. 

Spit,  111,  112,  138,  141,  147,  543,  544,  805,  808,  832,  977,  1026- 
1034,  1112,  1329,  1335,  1363,  1364,  1410,  1414,  1459,  1474,  1515, 
1519,  1533,  1558,  1559,  1597,  2080,  2081,  2084,  2085,  2155, 
2508  (spit  fire),  2953,  3043,  3056,  3057,  3162,  3163,  3165,  3188- 
3190,  3234,  3265,  3269,  3273,  3274,  3282,  3417,  3422,  3430-3432, 
3465,  3503,  3648,  3697,  3710,  3765,  3766,  3771,  3837. 

Spleen,  2545  (hogs). 

Spoons,  358,  545,  1769-1773,  1777,  1801,  2850. 

Sports,  3152-3229. 

Spot,  783,  965,  966,  967,  1252,  3672. 

Spring,  305,  310,  418,  419,  513,  547-549,  1337,  2250,  2329,  2330, 
2394,  2395,  2396,  2428,  2429,  2498,  2520,  2526,  2680,  2682, 
2684,  2688,  2696,  2806,  3512,  3543,  3700,  3713,  3915. 

Squirrel,  2010,  2649,  2650,  2902,  2995,  3489-3493,  3782. 

Stairs,  see  Steps. 

Stallion,  1380. 

Stamp,  90,  3081-3088,  3144,  3150,  3151,  3416,  3417,  3450,  3648, 
3771. 

Stars,  107,  126-129,  434,  439,  550-557,  714-716,  2576,  2578,  2579, 
2581,  2582,  2651,  3146-3149. 

Steal,  52,  558,  1354,  1399,  1462,  1463,  1465,  1479,  2869. 

Steel,  1167,  1199,  1254,  1516,  3952. 

Steps,  30,  141,  406,  430,  438,  488,  559,  561,  704,  774,  984,  996,  997, 
998,  999,  1001,  1002,  1285,  1481,  1530,  1574,  1599,  1601,  1655, 
1688,  2137-2139,  3593. 

Stick,  600,  936,  1510,  1514,  1517,  1518,  1526,  2322,  3369,  3370,  3469, 
3856. 

Sting,  1066,  1300,  1351,  2512. 

St.  Joseph,  516. 

Stocking,  311,  365,  513,  524,  2126,  2127,  2128,  2153,  3681,  3748. 

Stomach,  1138,  1246-1250,  1429,  3329,  3488,  3708. 

Stone,  489,  490,  507,  511-514,  547,  548,  583,  892,  893,  1033,  1104, 

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INDEX 

1155,  1211,  1269,  1335,  1379,  1410,  1411,  1438,  1444,  1519 
1520,  1521,  1527,  1574,  2054,  3115,  3379,  3950-3953. 

St.  Patrick's  Day,  2937,  2949,  2960. 

Stork,  11. 

Storm,  643,  721,  1580,  2363,  2372,  2383,  2481,  2606,  2686,  2847, 

3012,  3952. 

Stove,  435,  1585,  1781,  1806,  1832,  3440,  3443,  3522. 
Stranger,  560,  604,  795,  932,  1037,  1039,  1133,  1377,  1556-1558, 

1736,  1737,  1968,  2913,  3402,  3564,  3688,  3693,  3739,  3740, 

3742.  See,  also,  Visitor. 
Straw,  1522-1525,  1609,  2105. 

Stream,  439,  880,  1197,  1357,  2386,  2635,  2676,  3879. 
Street-car,  3064-3071,  3301. 
St.  Swithin's  Day,  2445. 

Stumble,  561,  703,  992,  994,  995,  1655,  2652. 
Stump,  585,  985,  986,  987,  988,  989,  990,  991,  993,  1132  (of  tree), 

1210  (oak),  1269  (toe),  1372,  1529,  1900,  3501,  3502  (toe). 
Sty,  1353-1364. 
Suicide,  3125,  3864. 

Sulphur,  1159,  1256,  1257,  1324,  3110. 
Summer,  1388,  2329,  2330,  2384,  2397,  2398,  2453,  2566,  2680,  2682, 

2684,  2687,  2804,  2819,  2862. 
Sun,  423,  428,  489,  646,  1058,  1296,  1366,  1625,  1848,  1856,  1857, 

2423,  2455-2457,  2463,  2466,  2471,  2473,  2486,  2577,  2653-2658, 

2699,  2777,  2814,  2832,  3005,  3536,  3768,  3773,  3934. 
Sunday,  446,  447,  448,  449,  453,  1035,  1036,  1037,  1038,  1040,  1048, 

1407,  1895,  2325,  2426,  2427,  2455,  2456,  2459,  2464,  2467, 

2468,  2470,  2700,  2702,  2703,  2708-2712,  2714-2737,  2743,  2805, 

3593. 

Sunrise,  424,  609,  1212,  1847,  2481,  2817,  3004,  3774. 
Sunset,  428,  778,  873,  2464,  2469,  2481,  2485,  2699,  3707-3709,  3762. 
Sunshine,  490,  817,  2456,  2653,  2654,  2657,  2694,  2777,  2832. 
Supper,  563-564,  1043,  1822,  1823,  2607,  3561,  3870. 
Swallow,  330,  861,  1073,  1101,  1232,  1275,  1284,  2896,  2930,  2941, 

3531,  3532. 
Sweep,  see  Broom. 
Sweetheart,  200,  205,  206,  213,  215,  224,  226,  235,  242,  253,  261, 

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273,  306,  309,  310,  328,  329,  337,  342,  349,  350,  363,  369,  370, 
376,  385,  388,  398,  399,  411,  413,  417,  418,  431,  442,  444,  445, 
446,  447,  453,  467,  473,  474,  475,  493,  494,  495,,  496,  499,  513, 
515,  518,  521,  525,  526,  527,  529,  530,  531,  535,  539,  540, 
544,  546,  577,  578,  581,  591,  599,  600,  792,  844,  921,  1002, 
1035,  1038,  1788,  1841,  1842,  2030,  2086,  2165,  2892,  2893, 
3557,  3645,  3853.  See,  also,  Lover  and  Husband. 

Sweet-peas,  2958-2961. 

Swing,  3228,  3229,  3741. 

Switch,  95,  96,  116  (peach),  117  (peach),  117  (cherry),  567,  157S 
(peach,  hazel),  2981,  2982,  2984. 

T 
Table,  28,  470,  517,  563,  564,  568-573,  1047-1051,  1144,  1638,  1744, 

1747,  1753,  1762,  1764,  1774,  1786,  1810,  1811,  1813,  1814, 

1824,  1868,  1881,  1882,  1883,  1885,  1888,  2151,  3140,  3142, 

3231-3233,  3254,  3300. 
Table-cloth,  1657,  1730. 
Tangles,  578,  884,  885,  3510. 
Tarantula,  3759. 
Tea,  79,  575,  576,  1073,  1126,  1169,  1248,  1265,  1312,  1426,  1427, 

1548,  1880. 

Tea-leaves,  574-576,  1880. 

Tears,  357,  635,  644,  646,  649,  650,  2053,  2057,  2218. 
Teeth,  4,  27,  56,  57,  61,  68,  69,  70,  190,  856-869,  1092,  1229,  1283, 

1381-1414,  1991-1998,  2077-2079  (of  comb),  2142,  3772,  8779. 
Teething,  27,  56,  61,  1381-1414. 
Telephone,  2226,  2659. 
Temperature,  2525,  2682,  2684,  2685. 
Ten,  279,  283,  288,  483,   508,  899,   1450,   1481,  2839,  2365,  2627, 

2829,  3001,  3007,  3054,  8469,  3533,  8583,  3692. 
Terrapin,  3688. 
Thief,  70,  2092,  2197. 
Thimble,  693,  928,  1330,  2723. 

Thirteen,  162,  557,  2754,  2764,  3136-3143,  3478,  8540. 
Thirty,  257,  2399,  2418,  2439,  8188. 
Thistle-ball,  580,  581. 

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Thorn,  1154,  1530. 

Thousand-legged  Worm,  8771,  3772. 

Thread,  113,  577-579,  1476,  1513,  1531,  1532,  1681,  3272. 

Three,  225,  270,  311,  339,  427,  433,  455,  458,  514,  523,  539,  541, 
552,  603,  762,  869,  899,  930,  1040,  1045,  1054,  1055,  1111,  1112, 
1114,  1146,  1148,  1155,  1176,  1211,  1218,  1240,  1241, 
1275,  1351,  1362,  1363,  1367,  1369,  1374,  1377,  1436,  1441, 
1472,  1474,  1482,  1494,  1497,  1507,  1516,  1524,  1534,  1540, 
1584,  1721,  1741,  1746,  1901,  2025,  2172,  2376,  2388,  2392, 
2393,  2435,  2462,  2473,  2477,  2485,  2488,  2520,  2523,  2538, 
2557,  2629,  2696,  2865,  2866,  2905,  2963,  2965,  3017,  3039, 
3046,  3053,  3122-3128,  3189,  3226,  3232,  3258,  8259,  3274, 
3275,  3307,  3342,  3344,  3368,  3411,  3412,  3462,  8542,  3568, 
3620,  3766,  3773,  3777,  3805,  3807,  3923,  3944. 

Throat,  1132-1137,  1170,  1181. 

Thrush,  1369-1380. 

Thumb,  152,  338,  384,  585,  937-942,  966,  990,  108«,  1237,  1297, 
1368,  3880. 

Thunder,  782,  1669,  1799,  2394,  2395,  2404,  2407-2413,  2449,  2489, 
2564,  2697,  2698,  2717,  3186,  3187,  8661,  8677,  3678,  3763. 

Thunder-storm,  648,  764,  2329,  2689,  2690,  3012,  8952. 

Thursday,  625,  626,  1035,  1039,  2464,  2700-2708,  2706,  2760, 
2761,  3505. 

Tickle,  71. 

Toad,  582,  583,  1214,  1215,  1325,  1352,  1415,  2660,  3166,  3495- 
3507,  3690. 

Tobacco,  862,  1064,  1116,  1138,  1429,  1535,  2626,  2732,  2962-2967, 
3697,  3815. 

Toe,  584-588,  985,  989,  990,  991,  993,  1002,  1004,  1005,  1059,  1149, 
1163,  1255,  1281,  1320,  1346,  1377,  1416,  2147,  2150,  3501, 
3502,  3533,  3626,  3678. 

Toe-nail,  1132,  2707. 

Tongue,  78,  84,  854,  855,  859,  860,  1291,  8804. 

Tooth,  see  Teeth. 

Tooth-ache,  1395,  1398-1414,  2134,  2707. 

Toothpick,  1536,  1538. 

Towel,  568,  1730,  1731,  1793  (tea),  3128,  3180,  3928. 

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INDEX 

Train  Sickness,  1417-1421. 

Transplant,  2261,  2943,  2977. 

Travel,  see  Journey. 

Traveler,  865,  2482-2484,  3024,  3134,  3458,  3460. 

Tree,  183,  590,  741,  894,  1061,  1114,  1115,  1132,  1143,  1164,  1286, 
1367,  1371,  1398,  1408,  1412,  1414,  1431,  1458,  1485,  1493, 
1571,  1572,  2215,  2216,  2264,  2268-2274,  2458,  2594,  2643, 
2644,  2661,  2662,  2665-2669,  2693,  2810,  2820,  2822,  2823, 
2884,  2836,  2954,  2968,  2971,  2972,  2975-2979,  2895,  2990, 
2995,  2997,  3213,  3384,  3396,  3546,  3612,  3653,  3655. 

Tree-toad,  2670,  3506,  3507. 

Trousers,  793,  2157,  2319,  2627,  2631,  3239. 

Trousseau,  673,  3753. 

Tuberculosis,  1141-1148,  1151. 

Tuber  Plants,  2241. 

Tuesday,  625,  1035,  1036,  1037,  2471,  2472,  2700,  2702,  2703,  2709, 
2713,  2756,  2757. 

Tumble-bug,  2381. 

Turkey,  1999,  2671. 

Turkey  Buzzard,  139,  591,  592,  3650-3652. 

Turning  Around,  987,  1235,  1362,  1497,  1631,  1632,  1633,  1635, 
2720,  3275,  3820. 

Turning  Back,  3052-3057. 

Turnips,  2998-3002. 

Turtle,  3494,  3762,  3763. 

Turtle-dove,  310,  311,  780,  2498-2500,  2796,  2797,  2820,  3608-3612. 

Twelve,  170,  1115,  2367,  2390,  2391,  2680,  2835,  3306,  3806. 

Twenty,  511,  868,  1241,  2114,  2399,  2864. 

Twenty-five,  1537,  2268,  2998,  2999. 

Twenty-four,  499,  2372,  2559,  2583,  2628,  2646,  2679,  3144. 

Twin,  593,  594,  2247  (of  zodiac),  3331. 

Two,  359,  360,  404,  405,  500,  538,  545,  587,  588,  590,  611,  612,  613, 
874-876,  899,  913,  934,  937,  938,  1053,  1103,  1112,  1129,  1148, 
1219,  1241,  1269,  1343,  1504,  1620,  1636,  1637,  1648,  1683, 
1731,  1734,  1745,  1763,  1774,  1797,  1811,  1883,  1884,  2097, 
2098,  2120,  2182-2184,  2249,  2461,  2581,  2583,  2593,  2928, 
2970,  3015,  3039,  3046-3048,  3125,  3178,  3210,  3226,  3258, 

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3259,    3276,    3315,    3411,   3412,   3422,    3447,   8448,   3467,   3484, 
3505,  3507,  3579-3582,  3612,  3666,  3870,  3941,  3942. 

Two-dollar  Bill,  3031,  3032. 

Typhoid,  1198,  1423-1425,  3765. 

U 
UmbreDa.  596,   1723-1726,  2672. 


Vegetables,  2235-2237,  2526,  2866-3013. 

Veil,  13,  669,  670,  710. 

Vermin,  2000,  2308. 

Vine,  156,  410,  411,  1220,  1470,  2238,  2244,  2245,  2931. 

Vinegar,  1223,  1538. 

Violet,  2851,  3120. 

Visitors,  33,  34,  560,  604,  698,  767,  795,  900,  932,  935,  993,  994, 
995,  1037,  1039,  1042,  1046,  1052,  1053,  1133,  1377,  1556- 
1559,  1564,  1609,  1619,  1625,  1637,  1653,  1684,  1736,  1737, 
1740,  1765-1774,  1782-1789,  1793,  1795,  1813,  1832,  1848, 
1852,  1880,  1884,  1968,  1986,  1987,  2039,  2041,  2051,  2072, 
2089,  2739,  2740,  2783-2789,  2795,  2808,  2809,  2918,  3207, 
3302-3304,  3353,  3354,  3356,  3402,  3523,  3558-3566,  3569- 
3582,  3643,  3645,  3646,  3650,  36P71,  3688-3690,  3693,  3738- 
3743,  3905,  3947. 

Vomiting,  1426-1429. 

W 

Wagon,  151,  161-164,  2015,  2016,  2933-2935  (hay),  3071,  3415. 
Waist,  1268,  2035,  2283. 

Wall,  742,  1271,  1649,  1652,  2163,  2167,  2194,  3626,  3860,  3869. 
Walnut,  1539,  2994,  2995. 
War,  2204,  3479,  3701,  3943. 
Wart,  917,  1402,  1430-1542,  3503. 
Wasp,  597,  3764. 

Water,  105,  117,  169,  248,  298,  333,  418,  428,  456-460,  478,  504, 
519,  547,  563,  599-601,  880,  895,  921,  922,  1081,  1120,  1133, 

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1146,  1157,  1188,  1191,  1194,  1197,  1198,  1210,  1235,  1258, 
1265,  1275,  1282,  1309,  1337,  1376,  1377,  1378,  1438,  1524, 
1529,  1531,  1541,  1543,  1571,  1573,  1668,  1733,  1734,  1792, 
1796,  1803,  1868,  1869,  1870,  2017-2020,  2041,  2162,  2180, 
2511,  2518,  2534,  2573,  2574,  2815,  2829,  2845,  2656,  3191, 
3195,  3201,  3334,  3399,  3444,  3542,  3555,  3803,  3814,  3830, 
3831. 

Water  Lily,  2851. 

Watermelon,  3003-3009. 

Water-witch,  3954. 

Wealth,  313,  333,  384,  612,  617,  662,  836,  925,  961,  1035,  1036, 
1611,  1706,  2084,  2146-2148,  2205,  2702,  2703,  2847,  3014- 
3033,  3705,  3745.  See,  also,  Money. 

Wean,  2277-2280,  2296. 

Weather,  2327-2699,  3206. 

Web,  361,  641,  1069,  1232,  3734,  3736,  3737,  3738,  3741,  3743, 
3749,  3754,  3755,  3760. 

Wedding,  see  Marriage. 

Wedding-cake,  602-604,  693,  2021. 

Wedding-veil,  605. 

Wednesday,  625,  1035,  1039,  2456,  2458,  2459,  2463,  2700-2703, 
2709,  2713,  2758,  2759,  3327. 

Week,  115,  404,  495,  1028,  1035,  1037,  1040,  1257,  1441,  1504, 
1516,  1617,  1887,  1964,  2414,  2427,  2454,  2457,  2460-2463, 
2465,  2577,  2703,  2705,  2710,  2738-2742,  2746,  2748,  2750, 
2757,  2759,  2771,  2879,  2993,  3003,  3071,  3323,  3420,  3609. 

Welcome,  982,  992,  993,  3569,  3570,  3738. 

Well,  196,  420,  421,  425,  426,  608,  1453,  2812. 

Wen,  1544-1546. 

West,  1703,  2178,  2373,  2525,  2588,  2589,  2613,  2685,  3184. 

Wheat,  429,  609,  1212,  3011-3013. 

Whipping,  87,  826,  870,  897,  974,  1632,  1887,  2097,  2098,  2137, 
2720,  3336,  3594. 

Whippoorwill,  140,  141,  3653,  3654. 

Whirlwind,  610,  1816,  2675-2677. 

Whisper,  3669,  3699. 

Whistle,  1715,  2617,  2665,  3098,  3595,  3596,  3907,  3917. 

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White,  278-290,  443-445,  478,  629,  634,  678,  829,  899,  912,  965-967, 
1221,  1321,  1472,  1548,  1946,  1964,  2013,  2022,  2089,  2124, 
2125,  2451,  2522,  2523,  2530,  2634,  2663,  2669,  2794,  28S5, 
2865,  2902,  2916,  2917,  2918,  3088,  3105,  3317,  3411,  3412, 
3416-3427,  3454,  3458,  3467,  3606,  3613,  3704,  3870. 

White  Spots  on  the  Finger-nails,  443,  444,  445,  965,  966,  967. 

Whooping-cough,  1547,  1548. 

Widow,  229,  478,  910,  1577. 

Widower,  229,  534,  601. 

Wife,  228,  234,  346,  347,  364,  378,  405,  419,  426,  429,  430,  471, 
483,  486,  490,  519,  523,  553,  554,  557,  594,  680,  1760,  2099, 
2694,  2703,  2847. 

Wild  Grapes,  2435,  2537. 

Will  o'  the  Wisp,  749,  3036. 

Willow,  2996,  2997,  3384,  3823,  3835. 

Wind,  841,  1680,  2350,  2369,  2405,  2424,  2427,  2478,  2525,  2633, 
2663,  2678-2687,  2696,  3184,  3398-3400,  3844,  3862,  3923. 

Window,  428,  1577,  1603,  1695,  1697,  2222,  2223,  2486,  2489,  3088, 
3144,  3345,  3514,  3515,  3605,  3632,  3890,  3891. 

Wings,  591,  2534,  3542,  3672,  3673,  3701,  3945. 

Winter,  1118,  1309,  2327,  2330,  2352,  2359,  2360,  2379,  2381,  2394. 
2396,  2397,  2402,  2403,  2404,  2432,  2433,  2446-2448,  2453,  2498, 
2513,  2519,  2535-2537,  2543-2546,  2550,  2551,  2572,  2594,  2598, 
2599,  2603,  2642,  2650,  2666,  2667,  2669,  2680,  2682,  2684, 
2686,  3011,  3466. 

Wire,  1302,  2226,  2659. 

Wisdom  Tooth,  867,  868,  3397. 

Wishbone,  154,  611-613,  693,  3242. 

Wishes,  121-199,  441,  611,  1413,  1486,  1543,  2896,  2934. 

Witch-doctor,  1526,  3793. 

Witches,  884,  1526,  1533,  3773-3839. 

Woman,  34,  37,  251,  305,  324,  347,  359,  387,  478,  609,  676,  804,  834, 
906-909,  975,  1070,  1123,  1533,  1586,  1677,  1726,  1765,  1771, 
1773,  1778,  1784,  1795,  1797,  1801,  2092,  2101,  2120,  2122, 
2205,  2208,  2750-2753,  2781,  2782,  2786,  2788,  2789,  2809. 
3024,  3040,  3041,  3047,  3094,  3097,  3117,  3181,  3343,  3353, 
3507,  3574,  3580-3582,  3595,  3596,  3779,  3954. 

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Womb,  847. 

Wood,  194,  544,  719,  788,  919,  1078,  1382,  1414,  1557-1559,  1561, 

1572,  1781,  2026,  2698,  2762,  2973,  2992-2995,  8209,  3900. 
Woodpecker,  2903,  3655-3657. 
Worm,  927,  2317,  2732,  3691,  3765-3772. 
Wound,  1075,  1076,  1108,  1110,  1112,  1173,  1273,  1340,  1341,  1843, 

3112. 

Wren,  3658,  3659. 
Wring,  3601-3603  (chicken's  neck). 
Wrist,  969,  1161,  1306. 

Y 

Yarn,  598,  1086,  1089,  1160,  1255,  1326,  1346,  1409,  1416,  1540, 
2688,  2885. 

Yawning,  846. 

Year,  60,  63,  64,  65,  66,  80,  96,  227,  232,  233,  246,  247,  256, 
259,  276,  282,  297,  304,  307,  314,  368,  386,  389,  394,  395,  406, 
463,  477,  487,  503,  504,  517,  559,  561,  576,  592,  606,  616,  624, 
675,  685,  694,  697,  700,  751,  760,  775,  868,  973,  1013,  1136, 
1584,  1644,  1685,  1704,  1797,  2034,  2139,  2172,  2179,  2181, 
2264,  2272,  2802,  2388,  2389,  2425,  2441,  2452,  2473,  2513, 
2592,  2681,  2696,  2780,  2781,  2788-2795,  2796-2799  (new),  2803, 
2807-2809,  2814,  2830,  2835,  2872,  2877,  2878,  2920,  2986, 
3140,  3148,  3285,  3335,  3437,  3445,  3497,  3607,  3610,  3701, 
3712,  3941. 

Yellow,  166,  291,  629,  632,  633,  2339,  2352,  3119,  3121,  3281,  3664, 
3768. 

Z 

Zodiac  (signs  of),  2240,  2244,  2247,  2258-2256,  2258,  2260,  2263, 
2272,  2278,  2280-2283,  2285,  2290,  2291,  2293,  2296,  2304, 
2319,  2328. 


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